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California GrasslandsEcology and Management$
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Mark Stromberg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252202

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252202.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) One Introduction
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California Grasslands
Author(s):

Jeffrey D. Corbin

Carla M. D’antonio

Andrew R. Dyer

Mark R. Stromberg

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252202.003.0001

Grassland ecosystems cover 10 percent of California's land area, and this habitat type is home to many endangered animals and plants in the state. This chapter presents a state-of-the-art synthesis by scientists studying California grasslands on the status of our knowledge of the history, ecology, and management of grasslands. It begins with an overview that presents the nomenclature, systematics, and classifications of the important plant species and communities, and also discusses the role of climatic and soil conditions in the distribution of grasslands, including population and community ecology. The book concludes with management and conservation efforts, and the use of restoration science to combat exotic species and restore native biodiversity.

Keywords:   grassland ecosystem, plant species, plant communities, population ecology, community ecology, conservation, restoration, native biodiversity

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