Goat Draw Pinon-Juniper


This site encompasses the upper reaches of Goat Draw and is dominated by pinon-juniper vegetation.  Two pinon branch demography study sites were located here, each with 49 labeled trees, in a small canyon which drains the Los Pinos Mountains to the east.  Vegetation is characterized as a pinon/juniper woodland with occasional occurrences of Quercus turbinella, Yucca spp. and Opuntia spp.  Portions of the bird community assessment and plant phenology studies were also located within Goat Draw.

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The vegetation of Goat Draw is characterized by pinon (Pinus edulis) and juniper (Juniperus monosperma) trees and shrubs that include beargrass (Nolina microcarpa), feather dalea (Dalea formosa), shrub live oak (Quercus turbinella), and brown-spined prickly pear (Opuntia phaeacantha). Grasses include hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta), bottlebrush squirreltail (Sitanion hystrix), and side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula). Other characteristic species include cane cholla (Opuntia imbricata), four-wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens) and herbs such as Verbena wrightii, Erodium cicutarium, and Lesquerella ovalifolia.