Next, examine your dog's ears, and do this step particularly carefully if he's been running through foxtail or cheat grass
The fire is burning in cheat grass
, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper.
It is composed mostly of cheat grass
, sagebrush coulees and basalt formations--a lot of natural hides.
Mature dark timber intersperses the short scrub junipers while the long, yellow cheat grass
fills in the voids.
The next morning, we hiked a few miles to Dug Basin, goggling at the vibrant hills blanketed in cheat grass
and speckled with lupine, Indian paintbrush, elephant-ear sunflowers, and occasional rusting farm equipment abandoned by homesteaders years ago.
Invasive species like highly flammable cheat grass
also moved in, carried there and distributed in cow dung.
While cheat grass
(Bromus tectorum) may change fire return intervals in the Great Basin of western North America (D'Antonio and Vitousek 1992) and saltcedar (Tamarisk spp.
is highly flammable after it dies and it can be very susceptible to wildfires, which often burn out of control and destroy wildlife habitat.
Those types were composed largely of species for which they were named and included: cheat grass
(Bromus tectorum--509 ha); wild oat (Avena barbata--37 ha); deer grass (Muhlenbergia ridgens--36 ha); buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum--15 ha); rose (Rosa californica--11 ha); mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum--7 ha); and chokecherry (Prunus virginiana--1 ha).
High among the community's land restoration efforts is replacing invasive Cheat grass
with native species.
More importantly, the exotics Salsola kali and Tragopogon dubius also increased (Wight and Black 1979; Houston and van der Sluijs 1973) and cheat grass
(Bromus tectorum) increased in palouse grasslands of eastern Washington (Patterson and Youngman 1960).
Tumbleweeds, cheat grass
and other invaders were burned at the 1,800-acre reserve to clear the ground for wildflowers and native bunch grasses that grow less vigorously than exotic species brought in by man and his animals.