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Relationship of Ground Cover of Short and Midgrass Communities to Soil Loss

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Title: Relationship of Ground Cover of Short and Midgrass Communities to Soil Loss
Author: Hofmann, L.; Rles, R.E.
Description: The protection of grasslands is of utmost consideration in the Northern Great Plains grasslands. Past experience proves that poor management or the lack thereof of grasslands depletes the productive and anti-erosive capacities of the lands. The prairie is composed of a mixture of mid and short- statured grasses, forbs and constitutes a significant portion of the overall Northern Northern Great Plains grasslands. Grazing by cattle adds to the biomass of these environs. the paramount objective for grassland usage is that of livestock grazing. Mining interrupts the natural ecosystem of grasslands. the reclamation of these disrupted areas is mandated by the state of North Dakota to return these areas back to their original state prior mining activities. Soil protection on the midgrass community was largely obtained from a greater litter component of total ground cover than found on the native mixed-grass community. With management and reestablishment, there is typically as shift from mixed short and midgrass to mostly midgrass. Continued monitoring and management of these areas is required to maintain such.
Date: 1986
Subject: Soil erosion
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5952

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