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Verification of a Methodology for Targeting Brush Control to Maximize Water Yield Through Hydrologic Modeling

Jason D. Afinowicz, Clyde L. Munster, Bradford P. Wilcox

Brush control strategies have been implemented for many traditional grasslands that have been impaired by wooded species. However, little information is known concerning what site specific characteristics may be most beneficial for increasing water yields by returning shrub encroached areas to native grasslands. This paper discusses a number of potential targeting criteria for successful brush management and outlines a methodology for testing the role of steep slope, brush density, and shallow soils on successful use of vegetation replacement for increasing water yield.

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