Revegetation of Disturbed Semiarid Grassland in Canyonlands National Park
A grassland restoration project was conducted in Canyonlands National Park on an area recently disturbed due to construction. Two native grasses (Oryzopsis hymenoides and Stipa comata) were seeded with 18 different soil treatments. Stipa density and relative mycorrhizal colonization were measured. None of the soil treatments resulted in significantly greater Stipa density than the control treatment of seeding only plus water. There was very little correlation between Stipa density and mycorrhizal colonization based on the treatments (r2= 0.011 p = 0.05). Three treatments produced 3 to 5 times the VAN colonization as the control including spring cryptobiotic soil crusts, with and without sugar, and fall soil crusts with sugar and mulch. Factors influencing mycorrhizal colonization are discussed.
Goldberg, Susan B., "Revegetation of Disturbed Semiarid Grassland in Canyonlands National Park" (1993). Canyonlands Research Bibliography. Paper 33.