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The presence of brush in rangeland environments continually tops the list of priority issues among landowners, and not just in Texas. Whether they manage their land for livestock, hunting, or wildlife watching, what to do about unwanted woody plants remains a serious and pervasive question for landowners everywhere.

In the pages of this book, leading range management professionals introduce and explain not only the mechanisms of managing brush but also the changes in management philosophy and technology that have taken place over time. From the futile attempts at eradication to the successes of integrated brush management, expert practitioners examine mechanical, biological, chemical, and fire-related methods from three perspectives—the past, the present or “state-of-the-art,” and the future. In a final discussion, three specialists address the timely and important subject of brush management as it relates to water yield, economics, and wildlife.

Brush Management: Past, Present, Future gives readers a straightforward and comprehensive view of a topic that remains a consistent concern for livestock, wildlife, and land management—one that will serve as a useful and interesting summary of the subject for teachers, students, landowners, and management professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

Tim Fullbright

“. . . contains a wealth of information that will be useful to anyone contemplating use of brush management. . . . will be useful in university classes on range management and range improvements. This book will be a valuable reference.”--Tim Fullbright, Texas A&M Kingsville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585443574
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Texas A&M University Agriculture Series, #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

WAYNE T. HAMILTON is senior lecturer in the department of Rangeland Ecology and Management and director of the Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management at Texas A&M University.ALLAN McGINTY is professor and Extension range specialist, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, San Angelo, Texas.DARRELL N. UECKERT is Regents Fellow and professor at the Texas A&M Research Extension Center in San Angelo.C. WAYNE HANSELKA is associate department head and Extension program leader for Rangeland Ecology and Management with the Texas Cooperative Extension in Corpus Christi.MICHELLE R. LEE is a writer and editor at the Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management in College Station.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : rangeland woody plant and weed management - past, present, and future 3
2 Mechanical practices prior to 1975 17
3 Current state of the art 33
4 The future of mechanical treatments for brush management : what is next? 47
5 Chemical weed and brush control : where we have been 57
6 A paradigm shift 67
7 Future of rangeland chemical weed and brush control : a Texas range scientist's viewpoint 76
8 Timing : the key to successful brush management with herbicides 85
9 A historical perspective 99
10 Current state of the art 121
11 The future of biological management of weeds on rangelands : an entomologist's viewpoint 143
12 Biological management of noxious brush : a range scientist's viewpoint 153
13 Fire ecology and the progression of prescribed burning for brush management 167
14 Prescribed burning : current policies, regulations, and information sources 175
15 Effective application of prescribed burning 187
16 What's next : the future of fire as a tool for managing brush 200
17 Economic and financial considerations 213
18 Runoff from rangelands : the role of shrubs 227
19 Integrating wildlife concerns into brush management 239
20 Conclusion : developing and implementing brush management strategies 259
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