Viewpoint: Western juniper expansion: is it a threat to arid northwestern ecosystems?

  title={Viewpoint: Western juniper expansion: is it a threat to arid northwestern ecosystems?},
  author={A. Belsky},
  journal={Journal of Range Management},
  • A. Belsky
  • Published 1996
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Range Management
  • Many ranchers, rangeland managers, and range scientists in the Pacific Northwest consider western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis Hook.) to be an invading weed that reduces water infiltration, dries up springs and streams, increases erosion, reduces biodiversity, and reduces the quality and quantity of forage for livestock and wildlife species. Although there is little scientific evidence supporting most of these beliefs, they are currently being used as rationales for controlling juniper on… CONTINUE READING
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