Individual study: Effect of three intensities of clipping on density and production of native meadow vegetation along Rabbit Creek, Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming, USA
Pond F.W. (1961) Effect of three intensities of clipping on the density and production of meadow vegetation. Journal of Range Management, 14, 34-38
Meadows bordering streams provide important forage for grazing animals in the Bighorn National Forest of Wyoming (northwest USA). A study was undertaken on three meadows, one almost of entirely native vegetation (summarised here) and two mostly of non-native plants, of how best to graze these meadows to maintain their integrity and productivity.
Three intensities of clipping (simulating grazing) were applied to three meadows from 1952 through 1955. Vegetation in one comprised almost entirely native sedges and grasses (primarily ovalhead sedge Carex festivella, beaked sedge C.rostrata, Raynold’s sedge C.raynoldsi, dunhead sedge C.phaeocephala, baltic rush Juncus balticus and tufted hairgrass Deschampsia cespitosa) and forbs. Vegetation in the other two was dominated by non-native Kentucky blue grass Poa pratensis and white clover Trifolium repens (not considered further).