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RMRS-GTR-258: Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of Great Basin meadow complexes - implications for management and restoration


Chambers, Jeanne C.; Miller, Jerry R., eds. 2011. Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of Great Basin meadow complexes - implications for management and restoration. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-258. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 125 p.

This report contains the results of a 6-year project conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development on stream incision and meadow ecosystem degradation in the central Great Basin. The project included a coarse-scale assessment of 56 different meadows systems coupled with more detailed, fine-scale analyses of six of those meadows. This report presents basic information on the linked geomorphic, hydrologic, and vegetation characteristics of the meadow systems. Then, the causes of degradation; the underlying geomorphic, hydrologic, and biotic processes operating within the meadows; and the factors required to evaluate the sensitivity or, conversely, resistance of streams and their associated meadow complexes to stream incision are described. Finally, management and treatment options are provided based on our current understanding of both the causes of degradation and the underlying processes.

Keywords: riparian areas, wetlands, semi-arid ecosystems, degradation, stream incision, stabilization


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Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Jeanne C. Chambers, Jerry R. Miller, and Dru Germanosk
PDF File Size: 1.4 MB

Chapter 2: Controls on Meadow Distribution and Characteristics
Dru Germanoski, Jerry R. Miller, and Mark L. Lord
PDF File Size: 2.6 MB

Chapter 3: Geomorphic Processes Affecting Meadow Ecosystems
Jerry R. Miller, Dru Germanoski, and Mark L. Lord
PDF File Size: 5.7 MB

Chapter 4: Hydrologic Processes Influencing Meadow Ecosystems
Mark L. Lord, David G. Jewett, Jerry R. Miller, Dru Germanoski, and Jeanne C. Chambers
PDF File Size: 6.1 MB

Chapter 5: Meadow Sensitivity to Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance
Jerry R. Miller, Mark L. Lord, and Dru Germanoski
PDF File Size: 2.4 MB

Chapter 6: Meadow-Stream Processes and Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure
Chris A. Jannusch, Sudeep Chandra, Tom Dudley, Jeanne C. Chambers, and Wendy Trowbridge
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Chapter 7: Charcterization of Meadow Ecosystems Based on Watershed and Valley Segment/Reach Scale Characteristics
Wendy Trowbridge, Jeanne C. Chambers, Dru Germanoski, Mark L. Lord, Jerry R. Miller, and David G. Jewett
PDF File Size: 600 K

Chapter 8: Meadow Management and Treatment Options
Jeanne C. Chambers and Jerry R. Miller
PDF File Size: 1.6 MB


Title: RMRS-GTR-258: Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of Great Basin meadow complexes - implications for management and restoration
Electronic Publish Date: September 20, 2011
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Last Update:
September 20, 2011

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