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Title: Lessons from historical rangeland revegetation for today's restoration

Author: Roundy, Bruce A.;

Date: 1999

Source: In: Holzworth, Larry K.; Brown, Ray W., comps. Revegetation with native species: Proceedings, 1997 Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting; 1997 November 12-15; Fort Lauderdale, FL. Proc. RMRS-P-8. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 33-38.

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Description: Rangeland revegetation in the Western United States historically was applied at a large scale for soil conservation and forage production purposes. Principles of revegetation that have developed over years of research include matching site potential and plant materials adaption, use of appropriate seedbed preparation and sowing techniques, and development of large supplies of seed of adapted plants. Although many of these large-scale projects were extremely successful in terms of their original objectives, they often lacked native plant diversity. Increased use of native species for revegetation of these lands, in the face of exotic weed spread, will require a more detailed knowledge of disturbance effects relative to site potential and of native plant requirements for establishment and persistence in mixed communities.

Keywords: restoration, seed production, seed conditioning, succession

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Roundy, Bruce A. 1999. Lessons from historical rangeland revegetation for today's restoration. In: Holzworth, Larry K.; Brown, Ray W., comps. Revegetation with native species: Proceedings, 1997 Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting; 1997 November 12-15; Fort Lauderdale, FL. Proc. RMRS-P-8. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 33-38.

 


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