Agronomy and Horticulture Department


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Published in Ecological Monographs, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan., 1944), pp. 1-29. Copyright 1944 Ecological Society of America. Used by permission.


The vast range lands of western Kansas occupy approximately one half of that area. They are now recovering from the terrible destruction wrought by overgrazing, drought, and dust-burial during the past decade. Since grass is man's most powerful ally in soil and water conservation, since pastures are tremendously important as the cheapest and most satisfactory feed for cattle, and since the recovery of the western range is not only an economic problem of great importance but a phenomenon of outstanding ecological interest, the redevelopment of the plant cover warrants careful investigation.