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Influence of Container Size on Wyoming Big Sagebrush Seedling Morphology and Cold Hardiness

Her­riman, K. R., Davis, A. S., and Dumroese, R. K. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Pro­ceedings RMRS-P-58. p.44-47. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Association - 2008. 2009.

Throughout much of the western United States, Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is a signature species, serving an important ecological role in sagebrush steppe ecosystems (Meyer and Monson 1992; McIver and Starr 2001; Lambrecht and others 2007). Sagebrush is critical habitat for wildlife, including sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) (Yoakum 1982; Rosentreter 2005). These ecosystems have been degraded by fire, noxious weeds, and land use patterns. Many of these ecosystems were exhausted by livestock grazing pressure between 1870 and 1900. Due to the many years of grazing and the low resilience of these ecosystems, exotic annual grasses, such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), and noxious weeds were able to establish (Mack and Thompson 1982; Young and others 1987; Monsen and McArthur 1995; McIver and Starr 2001).

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Author(s): Kayla R. Herriman, Anthony S. Davis, R. Kasten Dumroese

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 2008

Event: Western Forest and Conservation Nursery Association
2008 - Missoula, Montana

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