Targeting The Triple Threat: Cheatgrass, Medusahead, and Ventenata: Ecological Impacts, Interactions, and Current Management

May 30, 2018 - All Day
May 31, 2018 - All Day
Morgan Library - Colorado State University

Invasive annual grasses such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), and ventenata (Ventenata dubia) are devastating western natural areas and rangeland at a landscape scale. This cycle favors further invasions while eliminating desirable vegetation and wildlife habitat. Further impacts include:

  • A continuous bed of fine fuel associated with an increase in frequency an d intensity of range land wildfire
  • Significant reduction or elimination of desirable perennial species
  • Reduced forage quality for wildlife and livestock
  • Increased risks for wildlife and pollinator species
  • Resulting wildfires that are a threat to humans, wildlife, property and infrastructure.

Speakers will address all of these points including a university/industry research update on current management tools for the “triple threat”.