Conclusion of the Study:
in sagebrush/bunchgrass ecosystems of the Great Basin can respond to the cessation of livestock grazing. Fourfold increases in willow and rushes, with bare soil decreasing to a tenth of what it was during the period of
cattle grazing, show just how much a system can change within only two decades of cattle removal. Hart Mountain presents a unique opportunity to assess passive restoration as a means to rehabilitate a landscape after decades of cattle grazing. The results are promising, and similar on sites with passive versus active restoration treatments such as burning or planting. Simply removing cattle from areas may be all that is required to restore many degraded riparian areas in the American West.