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Converting chaparral to grassland increases soil fertility


Milton B. Jones
Robert L. Koenigs
Charles E. Vaughn
Alfred H. Murphy

Authors Affiliations

Milton B. Jones is Agronomist, Department of Agronomy and Range Science University of California; Robert L. Koenigs is Post Graduate Researcher University of California; Charles E. Vaughn is Staff Research Associate University of California; Alfred H. Murphy is Superintendent. University of California Hopland Field Station, Hopland.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 37(9):22-24. DOI:10.3733/ca.v037n09p22. September 1983.

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Before Europeans arrived, the native Americans burned chaparral brush-lands to drive out wildlife in hunting, and to increase accessibility to the land. Now chaparral is often converted to grassland to help control wildfire, increase feed for livestock and wildlife, and increase water yield, as well as to improve accessibility. Reduced sheet erosion is often another benefit.

Jones M, Koenigs R, Vaughn C, Murphy A. 1983. Converting chaparral to grassland increases soil fertility. Hilgardia 37(9):22-24. DOI:10.3733/ca.v037n09p22
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