Low-cost seeding practices for restoring desert environments (New Mexico)

TitleLow-cost seeding practices for restoring desert environments (New Mexico)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsFredrickson E.L., Barrow J.R., Herrick JE, Havstad K, Longland B.
JournalRestoration and Management Notes
Date Published1996

Over the past 120 years, the grasslands of the northern Chihuahuan desert have been converted to shrublands dominate by species such as mesquite (Prosopis spp.). Unfortunately, attemptsto restore these grasslands have often been unsuccessful despite substantial expenditures of money, labor, and fossil fuels. At the Jornada Experimental Range, we have recently begun to test low-input restoration technologies in an attempt to remedy this situation. One aspect of this program focuses on the use of both water and animals to deposit viable seeds into favorable micro-sites.