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Environmental Impact Research Program. Alkali Sacaton (Sporobolus airoides). Section 7.1.4, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS
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A plant materials report on alkali sacaton Sporobolus airoides is provided as Section 7.1.4 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist the Corps District or project biologist with the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for development of wildlife habitat. Topics covered include description, distribution, habitat requirement, wildlife value, establishment, maintenance, and cautions and limitations. Alkali sacaton is a large, warm-season bunchgrass native to the western United States. The species is most beneficial to wildlife in the restoration of habitat on disturbed sites. Distinguishing characteristics of alkali sacaton are given, and the species distribution and region of maximum abundance are shown. Habitat requirements are discussed, and soil and moisture tolerances are specified. Benefits of the seed amd foliage to wildlife are discussed. Specifications for establishment, including site selection, site preparation, propagule selection, and planting methods, are given. Species recommended for planting with sacaton are listed for several habitat types. Maintenance requirements and tolerances to fertilization, irrigation, mechanical treatment, grazing, burning, and competition are described. Author
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