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Title: Spatial and temporal variation In streamside herbaceous vegetation of the Upper Verde River: 1996-2001 [Chapter 7]

Author: Medina, Alvin L.; Long, Jonathan W.;

Date: 2012

Source: In: Neary, Daniel G.; Medina, Alvin L.; Rinne, John N., eds. 2012. Synthesis of Upper Verde River research and monitoring 1993-2008. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-291. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 163-174.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Streamside environments are inherently dynamic, yet streamside vegetation plays a key stabilizing role on riparian and aquatic habitats (Van Devender and Spaulding 1979; Van Devender and others 1987). Because of its dynamism, streamside vegetation is rarely the subject of classification analyses, yet it is a focal point for land managers regulating land uses, such as livestock grazing, that could potentially impact aquatic communities (Brown and others 1979). Livestock grazing along the UVR has been a politically charged issue, with recent years (1998 to present) witnessing a removal of livestock from the river corridor under Prescott National Forest management. However, livestock still graze on private lands, with some strays roaming onto State and Forest lands (see Chapter 2). During the same period, researchers observed declining populations of native fishes in the UVR, largely attributable to predation by introduced fishes (see Chapter 9), as well as to vast growth of woody plants post-1993 floods (see Chapter 2), and lateral erosion of historical terraces. Concomitantly, researchers have suggested that increases in woody streamside vegetation might be related to the cessation of livestock grazing (Rinne and Neary 1977; Neary and Rinne 1998, 2001a) as well as to other hydrological factors (see Chapter 2).

Keywords: fluvial ecosystem, history, climate, soils, vegetation, geomorphology, watersheds, water quality, fish fauna, Upper Verde River

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Medina, Alvin L.; Long, Jonathan W. 2012. Spatial and temporal variation In streamside herbaceous vegetation of the Upper Verde River: 1996-2001 [Chapter 7]. In: Neary, Daniel G.; Medina, Alvin L.; Rinne, John N., eds. 2012. Synthesis of Upper Verde River research and monitoring 1993-2008. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-291. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 163-174.

 


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