University of California

Range pasture benefits through tree removal


A. H. Murphy
L. J. Berry

Authors Affiliations

A. H. Murphy is Specialist, Department of Agronomy and Range Science and Superintendent of the Hopland Field Station; L. J. Berry is Extension Range Specialist Emeritus, University of California, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 27(1):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v027n01p8. January 1973.

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At Hopland during the 11 years of range improvement study, the total increase in ronch income through livestock use was $133.60 per acre. This value takes into account $57.09 per acre production value without improvement and treatment costs of $34.87. Thus, by reducing the woody plant component of the watershed and replacing it with herbage that livestock could use, the product values were increased fourfold. It should be noted that no fertilizer was applied in this improvement study —and that its use would probably have given a greater magnitude of production increase. It is also expected that this higher level of production can be sustained with a minimum of maintenance costs.

Murphy A, Berry L. 1973. Range pasture benefits through tree removal. Hilgardia 27(1):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v027n01p8
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