Restoring Desert Biocrusts after Severe Disturbances: Research Brief

Collaboratively with the National Park Service, the authors performed a study along Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area (eastern Mojave Desert, Nevada) to develop biocrust restoration strategies. Results and management recommendations for the most effective restoration methods are discussed. 

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Chiquoine, L.P., S.R. Abella, and M.A. Bowker. 2016. Rapidly restoring biological soil crusts and ecosystem functions in a severely disturbed desert ecosystem. Ecological Applications 26: 1260-1272.  DOI: 10.1002/15-0973