The Range Science Information System (RSIS) bibliography has over 1,300 peer-reviewed bibliographic citations to professional journal articles and documents focused on: riparian, weeds, rangeland, wildlife, vegetation and soils research. Article bibliograhic citations include additional research information such as: the type of article (primary research, synthesis article or case study), location of study, a summary of methods or area of influence, major findings or main points, topic categories, and annotations.
Effects of burning and grazing on a coastal California grassland
Fall burning and continuous grazing of California coastal prairie on upper, middle, and lower slopes had varied effect on 3 native perennial grasses. Foliar cover of California oatgrass (Danthonia californica) increased by 10% under a 10-year or more continuous grazing regime, but decreased in both cover and frequency when grazing was excluded. Despite response to grazing, California oatgrass was unaffected by fire. In contrast, purple needlegrass (Nassella pulchra) and foothill needlegrass (Nassella lepida) did not respond consistently to grazing limitation or fire, actions often prescribed for restoration of native perennials in California grasslands. Hatch et al. note that the current practice of managing to enhance single species of native plants (e.g., N. pulchra) may be detrimental to other equally important native species.