Regional summaries: Great Plains Region

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  • Authors: Reeves, Matt; Butler, Jack L.; Schoeneberger, Michele; Kilgo, John C.
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Publication Series: Book Chapter
  • Source: In: Poland, Therese M.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Finch, Deborah M.; Ford Miniat, Chelcy; Hayes, Deborah C.; Lopez, Vanessa M., eds. Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer International Publishing: 402 - 413. Appendix.

Abstract

The Great Plains, here encompassing the States of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming (Fig. A5.1), is a diverse landscape consisting of a complex matrix of native, seminative, and nonnative grasslands intermixed with riparian and prairie woodlands, shrublands, forests, and intensively cultivated agricultural lands. The composition and abundance of the native vegetation is strongly correlated with a north-south temperature gradient and an east-west precipitation gradient. Increasing pressure for intensive urban, agricultural, and energy development coupled with climate change is threatening maintenance of goods and services in the region. Because of the widespread and complex juxtaposition of privately owned lands with intensive agricultural use intermixed with native vegetation on public lands, invasive plants pose a unique challenge to both private and public land managers. Climate change is likely to enhance pathways for invasive species (see Chap. 4) which increases the risk of some species becoming locally adapted under a changing climate and then dispersed into adjacent lands dominated by native vegetation.

  • Citation: Reeves, Matt; Butler, Jack L.; Schoeneberger, Michele; Kilgo, John C. 2021. Regional Summaries: Great Plains Region. 2021. In: Poland, Therese M.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Finch, Deborah M.; Ford Miniat, Chelcy; Hayes, Deborah C.; Lopez, Vanessa M., eds. Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer International Publishing: 402 - 413. Appendix.
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2021
  • Modified Date: September 29, 2021
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