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Rangeland Ecology Monitoring Data, Utah, 1967-2013

Data for journal manuscript: Rangeland Monitoring Reveals Long-term Plant Responses to Precipitation and Grazing at the Landscape Scale


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Munson, S.E. and Duniway, M.C., 2016, Rangeland Ecology Monitoring Data, Utah, 1967-2013, U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The dataset describes rangeland monitoring results from the Hanksville, UT (USA) area. Monitoring results consist of canopy cover of plant species and functional types according to ecological site group from 1967 to 2013. The study area is bordered on the north by the Wayne-Emery County line, on the west by Capitol Reef National Park, and on the south and east by the Colorado River, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Canyonlands National Park. Cover was estimated every 1 to 5 years (except the last measurement that had a 12 year interval) from 1967 to 2013 at 36 permanently marked sites in 15 livestock grazing allotments/pastures. Canopy cover of perennial plant species was estimated to the nearest tenth of a percent inside [...]


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Southwest Biological Science Center
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Seth M Munson, Michael C Duniway

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This dataset assesses the condition of rangeland vegetation on the Colorado Plateau to inform management decisions. These data represent compiled long-term rangeland monitoring data collected from June to September, 1967 to 2013 at 96 permanently marked sites in 15 livestock grazing allotments in near Hanksville, Utah. The Rangeland rangeland monitoring data were collected by a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in south-central Utah. Monitoring consisted of estimating canopy cover of perennial plant species inside permanently marked 1.5 × 1.5m plots using a frame that was divided into 6 ×6 cm sections. The purpose of these data is to demonstrate how long-term rangeland monitoring data can be synthesized using ecological site concepts to understand how changes in plant species cover are driven by precipitation and grazing across the landscape By bridging long-term rangeland monitoring data with ecological site concepts, we provide the context to enhance understanding of vegetation response to climate and land use, which can ultimately inform management decisions and guide future monitoring efforts.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F75D8PZ5

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