This recent study explores the effects of burning and grazing on local reptile and amphibian populations. Danelle Larson, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher at Idaho State University, applied fire only, grazing only, and a combination of fire and grazing treatments to an area of land to observe the effect on herpetofauna (local populations of reptiles and amphibians). She also included sections of land that had been burned or grazed in the previous year to see how herpetofauna populations changed. This study was performed on tallgrass prairie, but most of the species of reptiles and amphibians studied are common to ecosystems managed by fire and/or grazing throughout North America. Larson concluded that in order to conserve herpetofauna, both fire and grazing should be used to create a variety of patch types.
Fire managers rely on research syntheses for concise, objective information. This report, based on current literature and interviews with fire professionals, describes ways to create more useful syntheses for managers in fire and related natural resources.
This “synthesis about syntheses” describes characteristics of effective syntheses and provides suggestions for writing more useful syntheses.
You can find a nice detailed presentation on mixing heights and transport winds from the Tallgrass Prairie and Savanna consortium here. A good presentation for burn boss trainees, prescribed fire specialists and fire ecologists.
The Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACC) were established to serve Federal and State wildland fire agencies through logistical coordination and mobilization of resources (people, aircraft, ground equipment) throughout various geographical areas.
The fires were suspected to be human caused. Lack of snow cover and Chinook winds contributed to fire spread. A change in weather conditions was needed to fight the fire. Further analysis of the weather indicated that similar conditions occur more often that thought and increased human activity in the area leads to an increase in fire potential. Therefore a system for monitoring fire danger and warning communities would be advantageous.
You can listen to a series of radio interviews organized by Great Plains Fire Science Exchange through KSU. You’ll find radio interviews from Bill Waln, Doug Watson, Jay Pornoy, Brian Obermeyer, Rod Winkler, Jason Hartman, and Sherry Leis.