Understory responses to mechanical removal of pinyon-juniper overstory
Declining Colorado mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations have necessitated improved habitat management techniques. In particular, oil and gas development in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado has impacted critical winter range, creating a need for treatments that will increase forage, and especially palatable shrub species. Pinyon-juniper (Pinus spp - Juniperus spp) tree removal is one technique, however it is unclear which method of tree removal will most effectively promote forage species. This experiment quantified understory responses to pinyon-juniper canopy removal and seed ...
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