Cheatgrass--A Challenge to Range Research

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To determine the ecologic and economic importance of cheatgrass is a challenge to the men in range research. This poorly understood species produces a large volume of herbage over extensive acreages and is undoubtedly the most important forage plant on southern Idaho ranges. Its probable effect upon grazing, watershed, wildlife, recreation, and timber production further adds to its importance. Many additional facts are needed before we can fully determine the importance and the desirability of this newcomer. If cheatgrass is found to be desirable a program for its proper management should be developed. Should it be found undesirable, methods of replacement must be found. The first and most important immediate problem now facing research is finding out how cheatgrass ranges might be managed to hold the soil in place and to maintain soil productivity.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Ecologists, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, U. S. Forest Service, Ogden, Utah

Publication date: August 1, 1947

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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