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Patch burn-grazing: an annotated bibliography

We developed this annotated bibliography by request of the Patch Burn Grazing Working group. You can help us keep it updated by entering new citations into our citation tracker (Thanks Devan!). You can also find these citations and more at the FRAMES website. Click on the image of the bibliography above to access it.



Eastern redcedar expansion, effects, and control

A new publication is now available as a result of collaboration between the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium. This  literature review discusses the expansion of eastern redcedar in tallgrass prairie, effects of redcedar expansion, and different methods that may be used to control eastern redcedar growth. Download the PDF here.

Thanks to Dirac Twidwell for the photograph.

Get to know the GP fire community

An important part of the GPE mission is to connect the fire community. We want you to get to know each other because that's when fire information will really advance.

An Interview with Chris Helzer 

Our first official interviewee is Chris Helzer of Nebraska, TNC.  Many of you may subscribe to his blog  or have read his book already.  Learn more about Chris's love of grassland here. Each interviewee has the privilege of nominating the next esteemed interviewee. Stay tuned to see to whom Chris passed the torch.



Fire Ecologist Profile

We recently posted an article on David Engle done by an undergraduate student that came to us over the summer.  You can learn about Dr. Engle at our blog post here.


Invasive grasses workshop, Kansas burn demo and more....

WHAT: Training Exchanges From the Ground Up, Webinar
WHEN: January 21, 2015, 1-2:15 CST
Join Jeremy Bailey and Ben Wheeler as they discuss the strategy behind the Fire Learning Network's Training Exchanges and describe in detail how to create burn units across multiple landownerships in the Great Plains. Watch for announcements about CEUs.
Lesser Prairie-chicken booming. Photo by Torre Hovick
WHAT:  Fire and Prairie-chickens, Webinar 
WHEN: January 29, 2015 2-3 pm CST
Dwayne Elmore will discuss how fire, or the absence of fire, affects the greater and lesser prairie-chicken with an emphasis on management implications for grassland managers. Watch our blog for more details and CEU opportunities.

Thanks to Torre Hovick for the photograph. 

More upcoming events:

WHAT:Tree & Brush Control Workshop and Demos
WHEN: November 19, 2014
WHERE: Kansas: US 24 & 170 Rd.

WHAT: International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and Human Dimensions Conference
WHEN: April 20-24, 2015
WHERE: Boise, ID

WHAT: Patch Burn Grazing Annual Meeting
WHEN: TBD fall 2015
WHERE: Pratt, KS hosted by Ed Koger
WHAT: Ethnobotanical Burning
WHEN: TBD, April 2015
WHERE: TBD, Kansas
Kelly Kindscher has agreed to host an event to share his knowledge of the importance of applying fire to preserve ethnobotanically important resources.  Watch the blog for more details.

WHAT: 6th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress
WHEN: November 16-18, 2015
WHERE: San Antonio, TX
The GPE plans to host a field trip at the conference. Stay tuned.

WHAT: Coastal Prairie Training Exchange
WHEN: January 18-25 and February 1-7(rain date), 2015
WHERE: Refugio-Goliad, TX

WHAT: KSFGC Winter Conference
WHEN: December 9, 2015
WHERE: Manhattan, KS (Farm Bureau HQ)
Register at this link: LINK


Restored prairie after an October prescribed fire at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, MO. NPS photograph.

WHAT: Fall OK-Fire Workshops
WHEN: Nov. 11, Dec. 10, Dec. 16
WHERE: various, see details at registration required.


'What’s the big deal about fall burning?'

By Sherry Leis, Fire Science Program Leader
We have heard a lot of stir in the tallgrass prairie fire community recently surrounding the practice of fall burning.  The recent release of a research paper by Towne and Craine (2014) describes a 20-year dataset, where the authors looked at effects of burning at different times during the year on the plant community. They conducted the study on ungrazed sites at the Konza Prairie in Kansas, where they burned in late-November, mid-February, and mid-April. They found similar grass productivity across burn season and upland/lowland sites but, culm production was greater with spring burns.  However, forb productivity decreased for spring burns in upland sites. Woody species, often a target for prescribed burners, increased across all treatments in the upland and lowland sites.....
Read more about the results of this study as well as other season-of-burn research in the full story at the link below.
October burn at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. NPS photo.
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