The Lek Volume 2:5 

November 2013

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange

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Fire and Grazing in
the Shortgrass

Fire management and ecology in the shortgrass prairie is less well studied than that in the tallgrass ecosystem of the region.  Recent discussions about the status of Lesser Prairie Chickens and expansion of junipers highlight the need to better understand the role of fire in these communities. We're developing products to highlight the role of fire in shortgrass communities, and are please to co-host Dr. David Augustine for a webinar discussion on the topic. Click here for the flyer and plan to join us November 21st. 

Click below to read Dr. Augustine's paper, 'Disturbance Regimes and Mountain Plover Habitat in Shortgrass Steppe: Large Herbivore Grazing Does Not Substitute for Prairie Dog Grazing or Fire.'

Read the paper

Tales From Gatherings  
Sandbox Training a Success!

Agency staff and private landowners gathered in South Dakota in September for a burn school focused on eastern redcedar management. The event featured hands-on burn planning using sandtables, demonstrations, discussion, video, and a field trip.  Learn about conducting a training on our website and and YouTube site.  Read the details in our blog.

Partnering for Patch Burn Grazing
South Dakota State University organized a successful patch burn grazing conference in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. Great Plains Fire Science and or sister consortium Tallgrass Prairie/Oak Savanna Fire Science supported field trips to local prairies where participants learned first hand about current monitoring results of fire/grazing management on three areas. Over 100 people attended the event. Read more in our blog...
GP Fire Blog

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is community of managers, practitioners, and scientists interested in the fire-dependent grassland ecosystems of the Great Plains region. We're part of the  Joint Fire Science Program national network of regional fire science delivery consortia.


November 14-16 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

November 21 Webinar: The Role of Fire in Shortgrass Rangelands 

February 8-13 Society for Range Management annual meeting

December 12 -1:00 PM CST Webinar: Prescribed Burning Associations:  Empowering and Equipping Ranchers to Manage Rangelands presented by Charles (Butch) Taylor

KS burn workshop dates are posted to our blog.  Click here.

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