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PubTalk 8/2010 — Invasives and Wildfires in the West

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New Crossroads in Science, Policy, and Management

by Julio Betancourt, Sr. Scientist and Desert Ecologist

  • Exponential spread of non-native grasses is a pressing environmental issue in American Deserts
  • Invasive grasses increased fuel continuity and large wildfires in desert scrub that previously experienced little or no fire
  • Impacts include threats to biodiversity, conservation efforts, life and property, and local and regional economies
  • Successful mitigation will need unparalleled collaboration among scientists, managers, policy makers and general public




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