ECOSYSTEMS > INLAND OREGON > MEADOWS
These temporary meadows follow some disturbance to the landscape, such as when people clear the land for livestock grazing, agricultural or harvesting timber. With the original trees and plants removed, grasses and herbs will quickly take root. In time, however, the surrounding forest will return and shade out these meadow-specific plants.
In Oregon, the intentional creation of transitional meadows dates back to the earliest Native Americans who would frequently burn off trees to create open spaces where useful plants and animals would flourish.