Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of Grazing of Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) in Restored Wet Meadows in the Northern Tall Grass Prairie
by Cleys, Jake Robert, M.S., North Dakota State University, 2019, 71; 13904036
Abstract (Summary)

Reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) is a grass species that can dominate wet meadow plant communities. This study investigated if grazing by cattle on restored wet meadows suppresses reed canarygrass, thereby promoting the restored plant community. This study was conducted at two locations in northwest Minnesota. Management practices used were a patch-burn grazing treatment and a four-pasture high intensity-short duration grazing rotation. A pretreatment survey was conducted before grazing followed by annual surveys every five years after grazing. Both treatments reduced reed canarygrass canopy cover by 49 percent compared to non-grazed control sites. Grazed patches were moving towards a Carex dominated community. The community not invaded with reed canarygrass had similar native species richness at the end of the experiment in the rotational grazing treatment, and improved plant richness in the patch-burn grazing treatment. This study demonstrates grazing reduces cover of reed canarygrass, while maintaining or increasing native plant species richness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sedivec, Kevin, Norland, Jack
Commitee: DeKeyser, Edward S.
School: North Dakota State University
Department: Range Science
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Range management, Natural Resource Management
Keywords: Grazing, Patch-burn grazing, Range management, Reed canarygrass, Rotational grazing, Wet meadows
Publication Number: 13904036
ISBN: 9781085687584
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