Comparative analysis of plant species diversity in healthy and unhealthy range and riparian areas
The concept of species diversity in an ecosystem is often used in the determination of ecosystem health. Statements have been made and it is generally assumed among professionals who evaluate rangelands that healthy rangeland areas have a greater diversity than unhealthy areas. Similar assumptions about riparian areas have also been made. It is not clear whether or not they are referring to overall diversity including flora and fauna. This study focuses on plant diversity response in healthy and unhealthy range and riparian areas on Bureau of Land Management administered lands in the San Luis ...
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