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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Impacts of fescue hayfield conversion to native warm season grasses on small mammal populations
Year: 1998
Author(s): Firorenza, S.J., Carlson, D., Long, C., Caudle, K., Mengak, M.T.
Source Title: Virginia Journal of Science
Source Type:
pages: 62
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Native warm season grasses are thought to provide better habitat for quail and several species of grassland birds and herbivorous small mammals. This project investigated The effect of converting an existing fescue hayfield to switchgrass hay. This study was conducted on George Washington National Forest at Hidden Valley in Bath County, VA. A single live trapping grid was established and trapped in both the switchgrass and fescue field in March 1997. The treatment field was treated with Roundup in July 1997 and burned and seeded to switchgrass in the same month. Live trapping continued at 60 day intervals from March 1997 to May 1998 except in January 1998. Animals were toe clipped and released at site of capture. In the treatment field, 22 individuals of 2 species were caught in 1603 trap nights. In the control field, 6 individuals of 3 species were caught in 1593 trap nights. The overall capture index was 0.137 animals per 10 trap nights and 0.039 animals per 10 trap nights in the treatment and control fields, respectively.