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Project ID: 01-3-3-20

Year: 2002

Date Started: 01/25/2002

Date Completed: 12/11/2006

Title: Experimental Studies of the Role of Fire in Restoring and Maintaining Arid Grasslands

Project Proposal Abstract: Southwestern landscapes can be described as being structured by the interaction of several biotic and abiotic variables of which two land managers can manipulate; fire and grazing. Because of the importance of these variables both separately and together as structuring processes and management tools, we examine both the independent effects and the interaction of these processes. In 1998 research began on an 8,886-acre research pasture divided into four 2,200 acre sub-pastures. This experimental context creates four replicated research and demonstration sites. It is one of the few places where researchers can study, and visitors can observe, the effects of fire and grazing at scales appropriate for understanding these processes. The results from this study will demonstrate the practicality of using fire, with and without grazing, in restoring and maintaining the structure, composition, and biodiversity of arid grasslands.

Principal Investigator: Charles G. Curtin

Agency/Organization: Arid Lands Project

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Co-Principal Investigator

Ben Brown

Animas Foundation

Federal Cooperator

Carleton B. Edminster

Forest Service

RMRS-Southwest Forest Science Complex


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Southwest


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Project Deliverables

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("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1487 Government Publication Fire as a Landscape Restoration and Management Tool in the Malpai Borderlands
view or print   1488 Government Publication Landscape-Level Impacts of Livestock on the Diversity of a Desert Grassland: Preliminary Results from Long-Term Experimental Studies
view or print   1489 Government Publication Complexity, Community, and the Interaction of Indigenous Knowledge with Landscape-Level Research and Conservation
view or print   1490 Government Publication Prairie Dogs, Cattle and the Conservation of Diversity in Desert Grasslands
view or print   1491 Government Publication Toward Developing Adaptive Processes for Interacting Science and Stewardship in Natural Resources Management
view or print   1492 Government Publication Experimental Studies of the Interaction of Climate, Fire and Grazing on McKinney Flats
view or print   1493 Government Publication Experimental Studies of the Role of Fire and Interactions with Grazing in Restoring and Maintaining Semi-Arid Grasslands (2006)
view or print   1494 Government Publication Experimental Studies of the Role of Fire and Interactions with Grazing in Restoring and Maintaining Semi-Arid Grasslands (2005)
view or print   1495 Government Publication Experimental Studies of the Role of Fire and Interactions with Grazing in Restoring and Maintaining Semi-Arid Grasslands (2004)
view or print   1496 Government Publication Prescribed Burn Plan-South Half McKinney Flat pasture, White Water FMA
view or print   1405 Government Publication Experimental Studies of the Role of Fire and Interactions with Grazing in Restoring and Maintaining Semi-Arid Grasslands (2002)
view or print   1406 Government Publication Integration of Science and Community-Based Conservation in the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands
view or print   1413 Government Publication Lessons from the Borderlands
view or print   1414 Government Publication McKinney Flats Project
    2413 Journal Article Effects of Fire Intensity on the Mortality of Grasses and Shrubs
    2414 Journal Article Effects of Fire and Grazing on the Animal and Plant Composition of Arid Grasslands
    2415 Journal Article Effects of Grazing Following Fire on Arid Grassland Recovery and Livestock Forage Production

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