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Tracking Invasive Cheatgrass Role in Larger, More Frequent Western Fires
December 5, 2012
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Bethany Bradley, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Jennifer Balch of Penn State University and colleagues say that over the past 10 years, cheatgrass fueled most of the larger fires, influencing 39 of the largest 50. Also, fires in grass-covered lands were on average, significantly larger than the average fire size on lands dominated by other types of vegetation such as pinyon-juniper, montane shrubland and cultivated areas.Full Story
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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