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Fire Ecology

Benefits of Patch Burning

Benefits of Patch Burning

Vegetation - Patch burning through preferential grazing of burned patches promotes a diversity of plant species (Figure 7). An abundance of forbs can be expected to increase following the fire and heavy grazing pressure of focal grazing for several years following burning, but forbs contribute an important element to wildlife ... 

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Soil and Nutrient Cycling - Fire and grazing are interactive disturbance processes that are important to the structure and function of grassland ecosystems including the soils. There have been numerous studies of nitrogen (N) availability in grasslands that have reported different effects following grazing and fire. However, these studies have ...

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Wildlife - The creation of diverse habitats for single or multiple species is the main benefit from patch burning (Figure 1, Table 1). Creating varied habitats increases the diversity of species on a given area (Figures 11, 12, 13). This increased diversity of habitats and species can increase recreational lease values. Again patch burning gives control ...

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Domestic Livestock  - In studies comparing patch burning (PB) to pasture managed with traditional management (TM) practices, weight gains of stocker cattle did not differ. This is from four years of data taken from tallgrass prairie at the OSU Research Range (OSURR) located west of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and from nine years of grazing data from eroded mixed-grass prairie ...

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Prescribed Fire Program - Patch burning benefits all aspects of a prescribed burning program. The major benefit of patch burning is additional accumulation of fine fuel, which is readily achieved without any deferment of grazing before or after burning. With larger amounts of fine fuel, burns can be conducted under safer weather conditions, including lower air temperature and higher relative humidity (Figure 17). With greater amounts and more continuous fine fuel loads, fires can be more intense, which results in ...

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Invasive Plants - Invasive plants are defined by their ability to rapidly increase in vegetative cover, the rate and extent of land area they occupy, along with their ability to disrupt an existing ecosystem. While most plant species stay within a set area and have herbivores or other limitations to their expansion, invasive plants ... 

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