Assessing the effectiveness of cattle exclosures on spring within the Escalate River watershed
riparian, invasive species, geomorphology, erosion, grazing
- Springs provide some of the only water and vegetation resource to all life in the Utah desert and are considered fragile ecosystems
- These are significant to the ancestorial heritage of indigenous tribes and early pioneer settler descendants
- Cattle grazing on public lands poses as a threat to spring stability and all life that depends on it
- Tribal leaders, cattle ranchers, and government agencies currently conflict with one another over spring management.
- Finding solutions that meet the middle ground of all these groups is critical in responding to this issue timely
- The agencies have currently implemented fencing to exclude cows from entering a spring called “ exclosures
- There has not been much research done regarding if this management practice is effective in protecting springs
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Crabtree, Lauryn, "Assessing the effectiveness of cattle exclosures on spring within the Escalate River watershed" (2022). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2022. 62.
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