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dc.contributor.advisorJensen, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorTober, Brandon S.
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-13T12:49:47Z
dc.date.available2017-07-13T12:49:47Z
dc.date.issued2017-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6728
dc.description.abstractThe landscape of the Texas Hill Country appears much different today than it did prior to European settlement. What was once savanna grasslands has been partially overtaken by the expansion of woody plants such as Ashe juniper, an evergreen species Texan's often refer to as cedar. Prior to settlement, the grasslands of the Hill Country were maintained by natural fires along with periodic, intensive grazing by herds of bison. With settlement came the extermination of such herds, coupled with suppression of wild fires. Fencing off lands prevented free ranging, which led to overgrazing and subsequent soil degradation. With no control method, cedar breaks have expanded throughout the Hill Country. Perceived high rates of evapotranspiration (ET) and low rates of infiltration amongst cedar when compared with those of native grasses, has prompted interest towards shrub control as a means to enhance water supply. The 2,226 hectare Bamberger Ranch Preserve, located outside of Johnson City, Texas, has undergone extensive habitat restoration over the last 48 years. Through change detection measures examined via remotely sensed data, this project aims to quantify land cover change at Bamberger Ranch related to those restoration efforts. Analysis of classified Landsat imagery between 1973 and 2010 indicates a 9% reduction in trees across the study area and provides quantitative evidence of long-term restoration efforts.en_US
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dc.format.extent33 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTexas Hill Countryen_US
dc.subjectHabitat restorationen_US
dc.subjectAshe Juniperen_US
dc.subjectRemote sensingen_US
dc.subjectLand cover changeen_US
dc.titleSpatiotemporal Analysis of Land Cover Change on Bamberger Ranch Preserve in Johnson City, Texasen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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