Vegetation Responses to Prescribed Burning of Grazed Shortgrass Steppe
Read our research brief to learn how prescribed fire affected plants and soil nutrients in the shortgrass steppe.
Prescribed Burn Entry Form
The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association has developed an online data portal available to anyone using prescribed fire in OK, TX, NE, KS, ND, SD, MT, MN, MO, CO, WY, IL, and IA. Information on the number of burns conducted, acres burned, safety records, and more can improve how funding, training, and resources for burning are allocated in the Great Plains region. The data are confidential–no names or exact locations are specified in the forms.
A recent study from the Verble Fire Ecology Lab examined how prescribed burning influenced the home range size of Texas horned lizards in central Texas. The study also examined how fires and drought influenced the nutritional quality, abundance and density of the primary prey item of the lizard. Fires changed the vegetation of the area in a predictable way. Fires impacted horned lizard survival, but differentially between sexes. Finally, fires changed the nutritional quality of the ants, but not in the way you might think. These data will help guide future habitat management and restoration efforts.
Learn about the study by joining the webinarSeptember 8, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. CST. No advance registration required.
WHAT: Patch Burn Grazing Annual Meeting
WHEN: August 27-28, 2015 (optional events will be held August 26 and 29)
The meeting will include presentations, a tour of the Hashknife Ranch, an optional tour of the Z-bar Ranch, and a tandem equipment expo. This meeting is a good fit for producers, grassland ecologists, researchers, graduate students, fire ecologists, and the general public interested in the interactions of fire and grazing with plants, wildlife, soils, and more.
WHAT: Prairie Grouse Technical Council Meeting WHEN: September 22-24, 2015 WHERE: Nevada, MO LINK
WHAT: Fall Burning Field Day WHEN: October 13, 2015 WHERE: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City, KS
More details soon.
WHAT: Sericea lespedeza and Fire Webinar; presented by KC Olson WHEN: December 1, 2015 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. (CST) No registration required. LINK
WHAT: Microrhyze and Fire Webinar; presented by Alice Tipton WHEN: October 6, 2015 12-1 pm (CST) No registration required. LINK
WHAT: Juniper Pollen Webinar; presented by Estelle Levetin WHEN: December 8, 2015 at 2:30-3:30 pm (CST) No registration required.LINK
WHAT: 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands WHEN: December 13-16, 2015 WHERE: Grapevine, TX The GPFSE will host a symposium on Prescribed Burn Associations at this meeting. Don't miss it!LINK
Get to know the GP Fire Community
Dr. Charles "Butch" Taylor, Jr.
Last quarter, Robin Verble nominated Butch Taylor of Texas AgriLife's Sonora Research Station for our interview series. Read about the grassland fire issues important to Butch and get some sage advice!
We've summarized a suite of regionally applicable fire science for you. We encourage you to send us citations or papers to include in our next Roundup. Here's an example summary:
Hovick, T. J., R. D. Elmore, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and D. K. Dahlgren. 2015. Weather constrains the influence of fire and grazing on nesting greater prairie-chickens. Rangeland Ecology and Management 68:186-193.
Adult greater prairie-chicken survival was observed in areas that had not recently been burned or grazed. The birds avoided nesting in areas with a great amount of tree cover, suggesting that they do require some disturbance to reduce woody vegetation for nesting cover. Local weather was the most influential on nest survival.
By Sherry Leis, Great Plains Fire Science Coordinator
What motivates you to work in fire? How in the world did you come to work with fire, study fire, or otherwise be mesmerized by it? Do you like fire because of the adrenaline factor, the danger? Do you work in fire because you love grasslands and fire is just part of it? Do you like fire because it reminds you of those camping trips as a kid where you ate s’mores and roasted hot dogs over the fire? Do you like fire because [insert your favorite species here] needs it to survive? Do you like fire because others fear it? Do you work in fire because if we don’t learn to live with it, wildfire could devastate your favorite places? Do you work in fire because you want to protect the people and places you love? Read on...
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