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What are plants doing and when? Using plant phenology to facilitate sustainable natural resources management

May 9, 2012

Climate change models for the northern Rocky Mountains predict changes in temperature and water availability that in turn will alter vegetation. Changes include timing of plant life-history events, or phenology, such as green-up, flowering and senescence, and shifts in species composition. Moreover, climate changes may favor different species, such as nonnative, annual grasses over native species. Changes in vegetation could make forage for ungulates, sage-grouse, and livestock available earlier in the growing season, but shifts in species composition and phenology may also result in earlier senescence (die-off or dormancy) and reduced overall forage production.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title What are plants doing and when? Using plant phenology to facilitate sustainable natural resources management
DOI
Authors Geneva W. Chong, Leslie A. Allen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Organization Series
Series Title WLCI Fact Sheet
Series Number 3
Index ID 70038338
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Rocky Mountain Area Regional Executive

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