Cheatgrass die-offs are unexplained instances of stand failure observed in areas of Nevada and Utah, where cheatgrass fails to grow even though it has been a dominant component of plant communities in the past.
- Provides information on the size and extent of historic (1985 – 2012) die-offs in the Winnemucca area using satellite imagery.
- Determines if die-offs are restoration opportunities by planting and monitoring local and commercially available native grasses in die-off areas.
- Develops predictive spatial models of die-off from analysis of satellite imagery and GIS models.
- PhD Dissertation by project member Owen Baughman
- Baughman OW, Meyer SE, Aanderud ZA, Leger EA. 2016. Cheatgrass die-offs as an opportunity for restoration in the Great Basin, USA: Will local or commercial native plants succeed where exotic invaders fail? Journal of Arid Environments 124: 193-204.
Project start date: 5/1/2013
Fiscal year funded: 2013
Project status: Complete
Project managers: Dr. Elizabeth Leger, University of Nevada Reno