Juniper Invasions in Grasslands: Research Needs and Intervention Strategies
Despite prescribed fire programs, invasive juniper trees are increasing in the Great Plains. Continued encroachment of junipers in the Great Plains, especially eastern redcedar and Ashe's juniper, is degrading grasslands and increasing health concerns through pollen production. Biological and ecological research needs include effects on soil and water as well as restoration potential after a mature invasion is treated. The interface of social science, ecology, economics, and policy may yield productive approaches to slowing the invasion.
eastern redcedar, economics, fire, invasive species, Juniperus, policy
Leis, Sherry A., Carol E. Blocksome, Dirac Twidwell, Sam D. Fuhlendorf, John M. Briggs, and Larry D. Sanders. "Juniper invasions in grasslands: Research needs and intervention strategies." Rangelands 39, no. 2 (2017): 64-72.