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The Influence of Range Plant Cover on the Rate of Absorption of Surface Water by Soils

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While much attention of late has focused on the construction of engineering works as a means of meeting water deficiencies in the semiarid valleys of the West, comparatively little consideration has been given to the regulatory influence of the soil and rocks of the watersheds, or of the part played by herbaceous range plants in maintaining the efficiency of these natural reservoirs. The study herein reported, which is based upon measurements with inexpensive and portable equipment, reveals that range plants exert a marked influence on the rate water is absorbed by surface soils. Moreover, because plants which are most conducive to water absorption are also of greatest value for grazing purposes, the study clearly suggests that proper range management and adequate watershed protection go hand in hand.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: 1936-09-01

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