2012 Stanislaus National Forest Meadow Condition and Grazing Utilization Report

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This reports describes Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) continued monitoring or meadow condition and the degree of grazing utilization at more than 60 mountain meadows on the Stanislaus National Forest.
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In 2012, CSERC continued to monitor meadow condition and the degree of grazing utilization at more than 60 mountain meadows on the Stanislaus National Forest. Where utilization transects and photo points were known, we measured pre-season ungrazed heights and post-season grazed heights (where applicable), plus we took pre- and post-season pictures at photo points, according to Forest Service protocol. After an unusually dry winter, many meadows were visibly drier and less lush than in previous years of monitoring. Utilization was calculated using height-weight curves for Carex integra and Carex nebraskensis published in the Journal of Range Management (McDougald, N. & Platt, R., 1976. A Method of Determining Utilization for Wet Mountain Meadows on the Summit Allotment, Sequoia National Forest, California. Journal of Range Management 29(6)). Utilization was calculated for Carex scopularum using a height-weight curve that was provided by Crispin Holland of the Stanislaus National Forest.

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