The University of Arizona

Comparing Three Common Seeding Techniques for Pipeline Vegetation Restoration: A Case Study in South Texas

Keith A. Pawelek, Forrest S. Smith, Anthony D. Falk, Megan K. Clayton, Kason W. Haby, Dale W. Rankin


On the Ground
•With energy production expanding in the United
States, rangelands are increasingly being affected.
•We studied three different reseeding techniques for
pipeline rights of way restoration on rangelands
impacted by energy development in the Eagle Ford
Shale play of south Texas.
•Techniques studied were 1) broadcast seeding,
2) no-till drill seeding, and 3) hydroseeding.
•Using ecotypic native seed mixes, we found that all
seeding techniques resulted in successful restoration
of rights of ways.
•We are working to inform landowners, oil and gas
operators, and rangeland professionals of our findings.

Keywords: ecotypic native seeds, pipeline reseeding,
hydroseeding, no-till drill seeding, broadcast seeding,
oil and gas, Eagle Ford Shale, south Texas natives.

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