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Old 12-20-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report

Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report
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Pacific Northwest Research Station
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November 19, 2012

Pacific Northwest Research Station - Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report
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Beargrass is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important plant in the Western United States and, for the first time, landowners, managers, and harvesters now have a comprehensive report about the species.

The report, Natural and Cultural History of Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, identifies critical knowledge gaps and areas for future research. It also documents how changes in disturbance, including fire, may affect the species across its range.

“Beargrass is emblematic of a web of natural and cultural diversity in the West,” said Susan Stevens Hummel, a research forester at the station and lead author of the report. “This means that organisms and processes—like people, plants, and pollinators—are interrelated...
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