Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
G. W. Tomanek
The purpose of this study was to determine what successional changes in vegetation take place on seeded roadbanks in the west central Kansas area. Areas for study were selected to provide five seeding dates ranging from twenty years old to three years old. The areas selected were typical of the area. It was found that the introduced species, alfalfa (Medicago sativa), smooth brome (Bromus inermis), and perennial rye (Lolium perenne) provided most of the cover on the most recent two seedings. There is little evidence of effective cover being provided by native grasses on these most recent seedings. The native grasses, buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) where continuous mowing takes place and the midgrasses, the dropseeds (Sporobolus spp.), blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), and western wheat grass (Agropyron smithii) where less frequent mowing is practiced, provide the significant cover on the three older seedings studied (11,15, and 20 years old). The results of this study indicate the need of both quickly establishing species such as alfalfa, smooth brome, and perennial rye and the persistent native grasses, buffalo, tall and sand dropseed, blue and sideoats grama and western wheat grass.
Copyright 1966 Philip E. Buckley
Buckley, Philip E., "Plant Succession on Disturbed Roadbanks in West Central Kansas" (1966). Master's Theses. 967.