The presence of brush in rangeland environments is a high-priority issue among landowners, and t 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 them. In the pages of this book, leading range management professionals introduce and explain t only the mechanisms of managing brush but also the changes in management philosophy and techlogy that have taken place over time. From the futile attempts at eradication to the successes of integrated brush management, 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, ecomics, and wildlife. Available statistics generally show an increase in the major problem species, such as juniper and honey mesquite, on Texas rangelands. But those who plan brush management in a systematic way, apply the correct treatment, and follow up properly can beat the odds and gain both technically and ecomically successful results.
Wayne T. Hamilton is a 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, College Station. Allan McGinty is professor and extension range specialist, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, San Angelo. 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.
Allan McGinty, C.Wayne Hanselka, Darrell N. Ueckert, Michelle R. Lee, Wayne T. Hamilton