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      Biosphere Reserve Information
     

United States of America

CENTRAL PLAINS


Photo: USDA-ARS-CPER
 
       
  General Description   This biosphere reserve is situated in the western Central Great Plains in north-central Colorado in the shortgrass prairie. The predominant grass is blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis). Other grasses include sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus), red threeawn (Aristida longiseta) and buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides). The biosphere reserve has a long history of research on shortgrass prairie ecosystems and the effects of range management practices. Several areas in the biosphere reserve were farmed and grazed for many years and are now embedded in a countryside of intense agriculture.
Monitoring is carried out on aboveground and belowground plant biomass and livestock weights. There are four instrumented watersheds under different grazing intensities which are used to obtain data for water budgets.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate grasslands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Short grass prarie dominated by Blue Grama with Four wing saltbush along the creek bottoms
  Location   4050'N, 10445'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   6,210
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +1,600 to +1,690
  Year designated   1976
  Administrative authorities   Central Plains Experimental Range U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
 
  Brief description   Vegetation data
Land use history
Inventory-vascular plants
Climate
Rangeland management
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate.
  Biodiversity   Plants, species inventorying/inventory, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Land use/Land cover, management issues.
 
  Contact address   Jack Morgan
Rangeland Resources Research Unit
1701 Center Avenue
80526 Ft. Collins, Colorado
United States of America
  Telephone   (1.303) 498 4230
  Fax   (1.303) 482 2909
  E-mail  
 
  Contact address   Mary Ashby
Central Plains Experimental Range
58009 Weld County Road 37
80542 Nunn, Colorado
United States of America
  Telephone   (1.970) 897 2226
  Fax   (1.970) 897 2463
  E-mail   jbt@lamar.colostate.edu
mmashby@lamar.colostate.edu
 
 
   


Last updated: 1/31/2002

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