Plant community and ecosystem change on conservation reserve program lands in northeastern Colorado
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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is an important transitional land use that converts formerly cultivated land to perennial vegetation across the U.S. In the shortgrass steppe region of eastern Colorado, CRP currently includes nearly 1million hectares of land seeded with native and introduced perennial grasses. Establishment of perennial grasses encourages the recovery of plant community and ecosystem properties altered by tillage and crop production practices. The objective of my dissertation was to determine how time since CRP enrollment, seed mix, and environmental variability affect ...