Yellow star thistle, knapweed to do likewise-

On the plus side, it will get too hot for cheatgrass in some places, but it may be replaced by another invasive — red brome.

Cheatgrass will migrate with climate change. LA Times.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Cheatgrass to expand its range northward with climate change

  1. avatar Pronghorn says:

    Too hot for cheat grass? I’m pretty sure that cheat grass is the Official Native Grass of Hell.

    This is a much larger problem than that of moronic state fish & game agencies offing wolves (not that I don’t care about wolves). Perhaps I see it that way because I’m locked in a struggle unto death with cheat grass and leafy spurge, and I hold no illusions about who will outlast whom. Scary.

  2. I have thought that some stimulus money could go for a labor intensive attack on spurge, dyer’s woad, cheatgrass, knapweed, etc.

    The ramp up time for the program would be short. So would the training period, and there is a lot to do.

    It think FDR’s CCC engaged in this kind of work.

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