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Title: Wildlife management in southwestern Pinon-juniper woodlands

Authors: Whitney, Jeffery C.

Date: 2008

Publication In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Shaw, John D.; Ford, Paulette L., compilers. 2008. Ecology, management, and restoration of pinon-juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems: combined proceedings of the 2005 St. George, Utah and 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico workshops. Proceedings RMRS-P-51. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 151-153.

Abstract: Pinon-juniper woodlands in the southwestern United States (Arizona and New Mexico) represent approximately 54,000 square miles, equivalent to roughly 20% of the land base for the two states. Within this broad habitat type, there is a high degree of variability of vegetation in terms of species composition, their relative abundance, percent canopy cover, and typically inverse percentages of associated mixed shrub and herbaceous ground cover. This variation is explained by climate, soil type, elevation, slope, aspect, interspecies competition, and past anthropogenic activities. Another important consideration is the extent of individual stands of Pinon-juniper, their arrangement on the landscape, and proximity to other general habitat types (i.e. riparian areas, chaparral, pine, oak woodlands, and/or desert grasslands.

Keywords: Pinon-juniper and juniper woodlands, ponderosa pine forests, ecology, management, restoration, southwestern United States

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Citation

    Whitney, Jeffery C. 2008. Wildlife management in southwestern Pinon-juniper woodlands. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Shaw, John D.; Ford, Paulette L., compilers. 2008. Ecology, management, and restoration of pinon-juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems: combined proceedings of the 2005 St. George, Utah and 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico workshops. Proceedings RMRS-P-51. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 151-153.
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