Old School and High Tech: A Comparison of Methods to Quantify Ashe Juniper Biomass as Fuel or Forage

Douglas R. Tolleson, Edward C. Rhodes, Lonesome Malambo, Jay P. Angerer, Reid R. Redden, Morgan L. Treadwell, Sorin C. Popescu

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Abstract

• Ashe juniper invasion is a widespread issue on Texas and Oklahoma rangelands. Increased densities of Ashe juniper trees increase the risk of wildfire and decrease herbaceous forage production. • Browsing animals, such as goats, are one tool that can be used to effectively reduce juniper fuel. • In order to estimate the available biomass, allometric measurements were compared against three-dimensional Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scans of whole juniper plants. • Accurate measurements of standing juniper browse and fuel load can be vital information for decision support of grazing management and wildland fire mitigation, especially in the ever-growing wildland-urban interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages159-168
Number of pages10
Volume41
No4
Specialist publicationRangelands
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • LiDAR
  • browse
  • fuel load
  • goats
  • juniper
  • targeted grazing
  • wildland-urban interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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    Tolleson, D. R., Rhodes, E. C., Malambo, L., Angerer, J. P., Redden, R. R., Treadwell, M. L., & Popescu, S. C. (2019). Old School and High Tech: A Comparison of Methods to Quantify Ashe Juniper Biomass as Fuel or Forage. Rangelands, 41(4), 159-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2019.06.001