Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 9:45 AM

Grazing, Burning, and Military Vehicle Training Effects on Grassland Species Diversity.

John Guretzky1, Jeffrey S. Fehmi2, Alan Anderson3, and Heidi Howard3. (1) The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc., 2510 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, OK 73402, (2) Univ of Arizona, PO Box 210043, Tucson, AZ 85721, (3) US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, 2902 Newmark Dr, Champaign, IL 61821

Cattle grazing and prescribed burning may constitute part of vegetation management schemes on military lands.  Yet, no studies have examined the impacts of a grazing/burning interaction with military vehicle training.  Our objective was to review the scientific literature that documents grazing, burning, and training impacts on plant species diversity in grasslands.  Then we developed conceptual models to illustrate potential interactions on plant species diversity of military lands.