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Title: Restoring fire suppressed Texas pak woodlands to historic conditions using prescribed fire

Author: Sparks, Jeff C.; Stambaugh, Michael C.; Keith, Eric L.;

Date: 2012

Source: In: Dey, Daniel C.; Stambaugh, Michael C.; Clark, Stacy L.; Schweitzer, Callie J., eds. Proceedings of the 4th fire in eastern oak forests conference; 2011 May 17-19; Springfield, MO. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-102. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 127-141.

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Description: Comparable to many oak ecosystems across the eastern United States, oak woodlands in Texas display characteristics of changing composition and structure due to altered fire regimes. Information describing historic fire regimes suggests woodlands underwent relatively frequent and repeated burning prior to major Euro-American influence in the early 19th century. Oak woodland management is a central goal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department natural community management; however many questions and challenges exist related to habitat loss and fragmentation, human populations, and prescribed fire implementation. In this paper we: 1) review information describing the historic fire regimes and community structures of Texas oak woodlands; and 2) detail fire prescriptions and challenges related to restoring long unburned sites.

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Sparks, Jeff C.; Stambaugh, Michael C.; Keith, Eric L. 2012. Restoring fire suppressed Texas pak woodlands to historic conditions using prescribed fire. In: Dey, Daniel C.; Stambaugh, Michael C.; Clark, Stacy L.; Schweitzer, Callie J., eds. Proceedings of the 4th fire in eastern oak forests conference; 2011 May 17-19; Springfield, MO. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-102. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 127-141.

 


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