Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies

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Scott L. Collins, Linda L. Wallace
University of Oklahoma Press, 1990 - Social Science - 175 pages

Based on papers presented at a 1987 symposium, "Fire in North American Grasslands," cosponsored by the Ecological Society of America and the Botanical Society of America, this book represents an important contribution to key unanswered questions concerning the role of fire in grassland ecosystems: How often did fires occur in the past? Were they primarily natural or caused by humans? At what time of year did grasslands normally burn? How should fire be used as a management tool? What constitutes a proper prescribed burning regime both with and without grazing?

 

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Contents

The Historic Role of Fire in the North American
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Response of Andropogon gerardii to Fire in
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Vege
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Small Mammals and Grassland Fires by Donald
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Effects of Fire on Community Structure in Tall
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The Influence of Fire on Belowground Processes
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Simulated Impacts of Annual Burning on Prairie
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Landscape Processes and the Vegetation of
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A Search for Paradigms by Linda L
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Literature Cited
153
The Contributors
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About the author (1990)

Scott L. Collins is an assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma. The author of Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies, Collins is a specialist in the fields of physiological, population, plant and animal community, ecosystem, and landscape ecology.

Linda L. Wallace is associate professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma. The author of Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies, Wallace is a specialist in the fields of physiological, population, plant and animal community, ecosystem, and landscape ecology.

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