The presence of brush in rangeland environments continually tops the list of priority issues among landowners, and not just in Texas. Whether they manage their land for livestock, hunting, or wildlife watching, what to do about unwanted woody plants remains a serious and pervasive question for landowners everywhere.
In the pages of this book, leading range management professionals introduce and explain not only the mechanisms of managing brush but also the changes in management philosophy and technology that have taken place over time. From the futile attempts at eradication to the successes of integrated brush management, expert practitioners examine mechanical, biological, chemical, and fire-related methods from three perspectives—the past, the present or “state-of-the-art,” and the future. In a final discussion, three specialists address the timely and important subject of brush management as it relates to water yield, economics, and wildlife.
Brush Management: Past, Present, Future gives readers a straightforward and comprehensive view of a topic that remains a consistent concern for livestock, wildlife, and land management—one that will serve as a useful and interesting summary of the subject for teachers, students, landowners, and management professionals.
What Readers Are Saying:
“. . . contains a wealth of information that will be useful to anyone contemplating use of brush management. . . . will be useful in university classes on range management and range improvements. This book will be a valuable reference.”--Tim Fullbright, Texas A&M Kingsville
“. . . contains a wealth of information that will be useful to anyone contemplating use of brush management. . . . will be useful in university classes on range management and range improvements. This book will be a valuable reference.” --Tim Fullbright, Texas A&M Kingsville
“I wholeheartedly and earnestly endorse this fine effort by Wayne and his authors of the individual chapters. This is a much needed effort in our field to keep the profession abreast of our rapidly changing level of knowledge of the complex field of brush management. I am certain that this work will be adopted by all those who teach at universities and widely purchased by all as a reference.” --D. Lynn Drawe
“I recommend Introduction to Brush Management as reading for anyone interested in management of brush-infested rangelands for livestock, wildlife, recreation or water production. It is well suited as a supplemental textbook for a brush management or habitat management course. In 20 chapters it covers the history of brush management in Texas, the current chemical, mechanical, pyrrhic and biological brush control strategies and their integration into brush management systems. --Joseph L. Schuster, Emeritus Professor and Department Head for Range Manageme
Readers looking for specific brush control technology should start first with Chapter 20 then go to the chapter, or chapters, dealing with the brush control method best suited for their situation. They will find current technology for all methods of brush control plus guidance on brush control strategies for production of water, wildlife and livestock on brush infested rangelands. Collectively, and individually, the chapter authors are among the best brush management experts practicing in the USA.” --Joseph L. Schuster, Emeritus Professor and Department Head for Range Manageme
“...highly recommend it for the valuable information it offers students, land managers, and professionals.” --Great Plains Research, Vol. 15 No. 2