Original Research

Assessing veld condition in the Kruger National Park using key grass species

W.S.W. Trollope, A.L.F. Potgieter, N. Zambatis
Koedoe | Vol 32, No 1 | a465 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v32i1.465 | © 1989 W.S.W. Trollope, A.L.F. Potgieter, N. Zambatis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 1989 | Published: 20 October 1989

About the author(s)

W.S.W. Trollope, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
A.L.F. Potgieter, Kruger National Park, South Africa
N. Zambatis, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Abstract

Veld condition refers to the condition of the vegetation in relation to some functional characteristic. In the Kruger National Park important functional characteristics are the potential of the veld to produce grass forage and fuel and to resist soil erosion. Consequently a simplified technique based on 18 key grass species was developed for assessing veld conditon and monitoring the effects of wild life management practices like veld burning, development of watering points and culling. The technique has been specifically developed for use by wildlife managers and has the ability to indicate the potential of the veld to support bulk grazing animals, to carry a fire and to resist soil erosion.

Keywords

Veld condition, key grasses, fire, range condition, monitoring vegetation.

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