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Patch burn grazing in a semi-arid grassland: consequences for pronghorn, plains pricklypear, and wind erosion

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Patch burn grazing management is prescribed burning and grazing practice that allows livestock and wildlife to select a diet from both burned and unburned vegetation.…

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Plains prickly pear response to fire: effects of fuel load, heat, fire weather, and donor site soil

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Prickly pears are native plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife. However, they can reduce forage and increase livestock injury when there are too…

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Semiarid rangeland is resilient to summer fire and postfire grazing utilization

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Grazing immediately following a wildfire has been thought to be damaging to northern Great Plains grasslands, and delaying grazing is often recommended. This recommendation may…

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Plant community response to summer fire in the Northern Great Plains

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Fire is common in the western Great Plains, but much less well studied than in eastern prairies. Wildfires most commonly occur in July and August…

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Swift fox response to prescribe fire in shortgrass steppe

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As land has been converging to crops, fire has been suppressed, coyotes have been controlled and tree and shrub cover in rangelands has increased. Thus,…

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Impact of prescribed fire and nitrogen applications on purple threeawn

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Purple threeawn reproduces from seed and vegetatively from basal buds, the source for new tillers. While typically a minor grassland species, it increases with intensive…

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A synthesis of arthropod responses to fire in the Great Plains

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Although there is a wealth of knowledge of plant and avian responses to fire in the Great Plains, responses are not as well understood for…

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A tallgrass prairie forb in a landscape shaped by patch burn grazing

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In Great Plains grasslands, grasses are typically the dominant plant life form because of their exceptional competitive abilities. When grasses are subjected to a period…

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Application of patch burn grazing for landowners

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Patch burn grazing is burning different patches of a pasture at different times and allowing animals to select where they want to graze. Originally conceived…

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Determining live fuel moisture in junipers

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Fuel moisture is often listed as an important criteria for ignition in burn plans. Why does fuel moisture matter? Dryer fuels ignite at lower fire…

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