This two-year study found that most of the wildlife species were found on mid-seral ecological rangeland conditions compared to late seral conditions. This is attributed to mid-seral rangelands providing the forage and cover that the wildlife species needed. Nelson et al. suggest that a mosaic of pastures in mid-seral, late-seral, and climax stages should be sustained to enhance wildlife diversity. A stocking rate of 30-35% utilization, of key perennial grasses, has been shown to allow the advancement of mid-seral rangelands to late-seral conditions in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico.
Rangeland Ecology & Management
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