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Recognizing and Responding to Drought on Rangelands


Publication #: MP-111.09
Date Published: 04/01/2007

Publication Author(s):
Michael A. Smith

Recognizing drought is a matter of perspective. To a resident of Iowa, Wyoming is always in a drought. For Laramie, receiving 12 inches of precipitation is a good year, especially if 25 percent comes in spring the best time. There has been a tendency to confuse water supply drought with forage production drought. Irrigators and municipalities are concerned about low winter snow amounts in mountain watersheds that supply reservoirs and streams for direct flow withdrawals; however, the plains rancher is affected much more by low spring rainfall or snowfall.

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