Cows to the rescue
Assess cattle grazing as alternative management of West Indian marsh grass.
West Indian marsh grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis, WIMG) is a category 1 exotic (FISC) that can outcompete native species in wetlands. In this study, we investigate the cost-effectiveness of herbicide vs. cattle grazing to control WIMG. We setup 10 experimental plots where we tested 4 treatments Grazed, Grazed + Herbicide, Fenced, and Fenced + Herbicide. We will survey vegetation response to treatments and will perform an economic analysis to determine if grazing is more cost-effective than herbicide.
Major Findings & Impact
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Data and Analysis Types
Plant composition and diversity, Plant biomass, Economic data
Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch, Headwaters of the Everglades Watershed, Santa Rosa Ranch
2020 - Present