224 pages, 95 colour & 5 b/w illustrations, 2 maps, 2 tables
The Trans-Pecos region of Texas is home to a variety of big game species, including desert mule deer, pronghorn, desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, elk, feral hog, and javelina; several species of exotics, such as aoudad, axis deer, and blackbuck antelope; and domestic livestock that includes cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and bison.
Prepared by a team of range specialists at the Borderlands Research Institute in Alpine, Texas, Woody Plants of the Big Bendand Trans-Pecos will allow the area's ranch managers, private landowners, resource professionals, students, and other outdoor enthusiasts to identify the key woody plants that serve as valuable forage for these animals.
Encompassing 18 West Texas counties, with application in like habitats in the western Hill Country and southern Rolling Plains as well as in northern Mexico and eastern New Mexico, Woody Plants of the Big Bendand Trans-Pecos provides a thorough introduction to the natural features of the region and descriptions, nutrition values, and management prescriptions for 84 species of browse plants.
In addition to informing readers about the diet of the region's large animals, this fully illustrated, user-friendly reference also intends to inspire the continued good stewardship of the land they inhabit.
"[Woody Plants of the Trans-Pecos] adds a contribution to the management of the Trans-Pecos rangelands. This book does an excellent job of bringing the two biotypes (flora and fauna) together in a practical, easy to understand format. The photography is outstanding as well."
– Charles R. Hart, author of Brush and Weeds of Texas Rangelands and co-author of Toxic Plants of Texas
"This book will fill a gap in Texas plant books. Woody Plants of the Big Bend and Trans-Pecos will be an important contribution to wildlife management in the region. There are no similar books like this one. This concise, informative and well-illustrated book will be indispensable for landowners, professionals, students or anyone interested in the practical habitat value of common Trans Pecos shrubs."
– Steve Nelle, former USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service wildlife biologist
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Louis A. Harveson is Dan Allen Hughes Jr. Endowed Director of the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management and professor of natural resource management at Sul Ross State University, USA.