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SGS-LTER Standard Production Data: 2009-2012 Annual Aboveground Net Primary Production on the Central Plains Experimental Range, Nunn, Colorado, USA 2009-2012, ARS Study Number 6

This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the Digital Collections of Colorado (http://digitool.library.colostate.edu/R/?func=collections&collection_id=...). The data table and associated metadata document, which is generated in Ecological Metadata Language, may be available through other repositories serving the ecological research community and represent components of the larger SGS-LTER project collection.

The objective of the long-term ANPP study is to monitor long-term net above ground primary production of the shortgrass steppe community by functional group. There are 6 sites: ridgetop (ridge), midslope (mid), swale, ESA (replicate 1 not 2), Section 25 (SEC 25), and owl-creek (OC). Each site is located in a different landscape position or soil type on the shortgrass steppe and may be grazed or not. Ridgetop, midslope and swale are grazed and are sampled along a catena. Section 25 is grazed and is located in an upload grassland. ESA is an ungrazed upland grassland an is the control from the Ecosystem Stress Area experiment. Owl Creek is ungrazed and is located in the lowland along the owl creek drainage. There are 3 transects with 5 plots in each transect. Plots in the grazed locations are protected by cages. Because this is a monitoring effort, true replicates across the landscape are not available and it is recommended that the transect be used in calculating mean production at each sampling location.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-104.785833 40.8575, -104.730556 40.8575, -104.730556 40.800278, -104.785833 40.800278))
Temporal Coverage
April 10, 2018
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Milchunas, Daniel
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005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
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