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RMRS-GTR-135, vol. 1: Assessment of Grassland Ecosystem Conditions in the Southwestern United States. Volume 1.

Finch, Deborah M., Editor. 2004. Assessment of grassland ecosystem conditions in the Southwestern United States. Volume 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-135-vol. 1. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 167 p.

This report is volume 1 of a two-volume ecological assessment of grassland ecosystems in the Southwestern United States. Broadscale assessments are syntheses of current scientific knowledge, including a description of uncertainties and assumptions, to provide a characterization and comprehensive description of ecological, social, and economic components within an assessment area. Volume 1 of this assessment focuses on the ecology, types, conditions, and management practices of Southwestern grasslands. The second volume, due to be published in 2005, describes wildlife and fish species, their habitat requirements, and species-specific management concerns, in Southwestern grasslands. This assessment is regional in scale and pertains primarily to lands administered by the Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service (Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and western Oklahoma). A primary purpose of volume 1 is to provide information to employees of the National Forest System for managing grassland ecosystems and landscapes, both at the Forest Plan level for Plan amendments and revisions, and at the project level to place site-specific activities within the larger framework. This volume should also be useful to State, municipal, and other Federal agencies, and to private landowners who manage grasslands in the Southwestern United States.

Key words: grasslands, ecological assessment, Southwestern United States, ecosystem conditions, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

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Chapter 1: Purpose and Need for a Grassland Assessment
Deborah M. Finch, Cathy W. Dahms
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Chapter 2: Grassland Assessment Categories and Extent
Wayne A. Robbie
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Chapter 3: Southwestern Grassland Ecology
Paulette L. Ford, Deborah U. Potter, Rosemary Pendleton, Burton Pendleton, Wayne A. Robbie, Gerald J. Gottfried
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Chapter 4: Biodiversity, Functional Processes, and the Ecological Consequences of Fragmentation in Southwestern Grasslands
Michele Merola-Zwartjes
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Chapter 5: Historic and Contemporary Land Use in Southwestern Grassland Ecosystems
Carol Raish
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Chapter 6: Historic and Current Conditions of Southwestern Grasslands
Reggie Fletcher, Wayne A. Robbie
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Chapter 7: Grassland Sustainability
Deborah U. Potter, Paulette L. Ford
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Chapter 8: Tools for Management for Grassland Ecosystem Sustainability: Thinking "Outside the Box"
Gerald J. Gottfried
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Title: RMRS-GTR-135, vol. 1: Assessment of Grassland Ecosystem Conditions in the Southwestern United States. Volume 1.
Electronic Publish Date: October 1, 2004
Last Update:
November 8, 2005

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