Fourteen species of native shrubs were transplanted to bare areas of the northern Mojave Desert in 1972 and 1973. By 1978 plants surrounded by small fences were larger (0.26 vs 0.11 m3 overall average for several species) and survived better (42 percent versus 23 percent) than unfenced plants. These effects are primarily due to reduced grazing of shoots. Loss of shrubs to pocket gophers or other burrowing rodents was not prevented by fencing.
Hunter, R. B.; Wallace, A.; and Romney, E. M.
"Fencing enhances shrub survival and growth for Mojave Desert revegetion,"
Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs: Vol. 4
, Article 30.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbnm/vol4/iss1/30