|Nevada Government & Politics|
Cattle and sheep also ate
the grass seeds after the livestock were introduced by Euro-American settlers.
The grazing animals upset the ecological balance by eating too much of
the grass seed. The plants could not reseed and many areas were left
bare. This in turn affected soil erosion and allowed noxious weeds,
such as tumbleweed, to take root. The recognition of the Indian Rice
Grass as a state symbol was an acknowledgement of the importance of this
plant to Nevada.
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