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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: FIRE, DROUGHT AND GRAZING INTERACTIONS IN NORTHERN MIXED PRAIRIE

Location: Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL)

Project Number: 5434-21630-002-10
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 01, 2011
End Date: Dec 31, 2013

Objective:
Determine interacting effects of fire, weather and herbivory on northern mixed prairie communities.

Approach:
We will examine the resistance and resilience of rangeland plants to the interactions of fire, drought and grazing applied with varying levels of severity and different timing in field and laboratory experiments to indicate whether disturbances have additive effects on plant response. Treatment effects will be evaluated by measuring biomass, bud banks, plant species composition and plant diversity before and after treatment.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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