1987-1991 final report
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The Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project focused on spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem structure and function at the CPER in northcentral Colorado. Research was concentrated in 5 areas: soil water; primary production; population dynamics; organic matter accumulation and nutrient dynamics; and disturbances. We produced exciting results in each of these 5 areas and significantly changed the state of knowledge about the origin and sustainability of shortgrass steppe ecosystems.