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Manage woody plants in grasslands using thresholds

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One quantitative approach to prioritizing management actions uses a stepwise process. It starts by quantifying thresholds at which abrupt changes occur within ecological systems. In…

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Climate warming and precipitation redistribution

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Oak savannas provide important habitat for plant and animal species adapted to this distinct, but rare ecosystem. Historically, oak savanna sustained bison and elk, but…

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Where people move, woody plants follow

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The phenomenon of grassland conversion to shrublands and woodlands—known as woody plant encroachment—continues to receive increasing attention in rangelands worldwide.

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Vegetation responses to prescribed burning of grazed shortgrass steppe

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Researchers have established that fire and grazing in-fluence structure and function of rangeland ecosystems. Fire’s effects in combination with grazing management varies throughout the Great…

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Prescribed fire risks relative to other management techniques used on private lands

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Land managers and the public often have the perception that, although prescribed fire assists in management of fire-dependent landscapes, it presents greater risks than the…

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Texas outdoor burning rules: wind speed

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules state that “Burning shall not be commenced when surface wind speed is predicted to be less than…

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Synthesis of elements of traditional fire knowledge

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On nearly every continent, prior and current cultures have practiced land management using fire. This publication compares fire practices in these traditional fire cultures and…

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Small scale demonstration burns

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My station was to relate why we want to do prescribed burning and how it can be done safely. For adults, this would usually be…

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Rising Great Plains Fire Campaign: citizen cooperatives

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Grasslands have supported a broad array of life over the millennia. Not only have they supported rich biodiversity, but also they shaped the region’s stream…

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Rangeland Management: Calling on nature to sustain the future

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Most of the world’s grasslands evolved with fire, whether ignited by lightning or people. For millennia, flames burned regularly though small patches and vast stretches…

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