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Synthesis of the effect of fire on lesser prairie-chickens

The prairie grouse are iconic members of the Great Plains grasslands.  This group of birds is closely tied to the presence of fire on the landscape, but we wanted to find out more.  This synthesis was developed to learn more about the role of fire in lesser prairie-chicken habitat visavis the current body of science research.


There are plenty of great local meetings to attend in the GP

WHAT: Edwards Plateau Rx Burn Association meeting
WHEN: August 1, 2014 registration due July 21
WHERE: Fredericksburg, TX 

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WHAT:  Patch Burn Grazing annual field meeting
WHEN: August 13-14, 2014
Grand Island, NE
More Info Here
WHAT:  Konza Biological Station Visitors Day
WHEN: September 27, 2014
WHERE: Manhattan, KS

More Info Here
Apache 8, an all-female, all-Apache firefighting crew.
WHAT:  Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a workshop focused on the learning of outdoor skills including prescribed fire!
WHEN: September 19-21, 2014
WHERE:  near Junction City, KS

More Info Here

What are we working on?
Keep and eye out for these products.

WHAT: Synthesis of Fire in Northern Prairies
We have nearly completed an updated synthesis of research on fire in our northern prairies.

WHAT: Virtual tours at the Konza (KS) and Chippewa (MN) Prairies
As part of our demonstration site program, we are working on bringing you to some of the Great Plains grasslands where fire is being used and managers are collecting data to learn more.  We will be hosting field days as well as virtual tours.

WHAT: Measuring fuel moisture of cedars, fact sheet
Measuring fuel moisture in cedar trees can be done relatively easy by anyone.  We'll show you how.

WHAT: Research and information needs to decrease Juniper enchroachment
We prioritized a list of critical information needs and research topics during our February workshop. We are developing this into a paper for the fire community to contribute to solutions.


"Grasslands and Fire an Introspection''

By Sherry Leis, Great Plains Fire Science Coordinator

Why grasslands? For the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, it may seem obvious. Grasslands once were the dominant ecosystem in the Plains. We know this from the remaining remnants as well as historic and archaeological data. Today, grasslands of North America are imperiled. I learned recently about the once extensive grasslands of Florida and the Southeast. Yes, Florida still has important rangelands. Nationally, we are losing our grasslands to a variety of things including development, climate change, transition to woodland, and yes--the plow. The plow was the initial source of grassland conversion as our country grew over the last two centuries. We owe many of the things we need and enjoy in our grocery stores today to this legacy, so it is tough to look back at history with a negative lens. We can, however, learn from the past and conserve our existing resources for the future.  Read on...

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