Cheatgrass to expand its range northward with climate change

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.







  1. Pronghorn Avatar

    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. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    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.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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