Abstract - Ecological Changes on Pine Grassland Burned in Fall and Spring
Gartner, F.R. 1977. Ecological Changes on Pine Grassland Burned in Fall and Spring. Contract No. PX 120051027. 35+ p.
This study was intended to provide Wind Cave National Park Service personnel with information that would be helpful in developing a comprehensive, long range management plan. The plan would very likely include fire management, especially the use of prescribed burning, if fire could serve one or more purposes.
Thus, the stated objectives of this study were (1) to determine vegetation and soil differences on areas burned in spring and fall, and (2) to determine animal response to burns at those seasons compared with adjacent, unburned areas.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.