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Title: Big sagebrush response to one-way and two-way chaining in Southeastern Utah

Author: Fairchild, John A.; Davis, James N.; Brotherson, Jack D.;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Monsen, Stephen B., comps. 2005. Sage-grouse habitat restoration symposium proceedings; 2001 June 4-7, Boise, ID. Proc. RMRS-P-38. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 70-74

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Description: A decadent, mixed stand of Wyoming big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis, and mountain big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata vaseyana, located north of Cisco, Utah, was subjected to one-way and two-way chaining treatments in November 1987. The effect of the treatments on plant community characteristics and shrub vigor was documented over a 3-year period. Stand density was reduced 60 percent on sites chained two ways and 43 percent on sites chained over once. Shrubs on one-way chained sites produced more leader growth in 1989 and 1990 than those on untreated sites or sites chained two ways. Browse production on one-way chained sites surpassed that of untreated sites and two-way chained sites by 140 percent and 350 percent, respectively. Over the short term, a one-way chaining was shown to be an effective method for improving sagebrush vigor and production on a critical mule deer winter range.

Keywords: Wyoming big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis, mountain big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata vaseyana, chaining treatments

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Fairchild, John A.; Davis, James N.; Brotherson, Jack D. 2005. Big sagebrush response to one-way and two-way chaining in Southeastern Utah. In: Shaw, Nancy L.; Pellant, Mike; Monsen, Stephen B., comps. 2005. Sage-grouse habitat restoration symposium proceedings; 2001 June 4-7, Boise, ID. Proc. RMRS-P-38. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 70-74

 


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