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Tuesday, February 7 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Symposia Session - S6: Impact of Prescribed and Wild Fires on the Great Plains. Patch Burn Grazing Research Conducted in Working Rangelands of Nebraska: Preliminary Results, Ongoing Analyses, and Lessons Learned

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AUTHORS: Stephen Winter, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Britt Smith, Texas Tech University; Samuel Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University

ABSTRACT: During 2009–2011, a unique research opportunity was realized when multiple land managers cooperated to implement patch burn grazing on private rangelands and state-owned wildlife management areas across a large geographic area of Nebraska. The successful execution of this project resulted from effective planning and coordination among project sponsors, land managers, and researchers. In this project, the patch burn grazing treatment was compared to a more traditional method of applying prescribed fire to rangelands in a homogeneuous manner across management units. Data were collected on cattle performance, cattle utilization of select plant species, breeding bird communities, vegetation structure, and vegetation composition. Finished products include a report, a thesis, and published papers, but data continues to be analyzed and additional manuscripts are forthcoming. This presentation will showcase some of the research results, as well as highlight noteworthy aspects of the project that led to the realization of project objectives, and lessons learned that could inform future efforts.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 8:00am - 8:20am CST
Arbor I/II