Effects of managed fire on a swale grassland in the Chihuahuan Desert

TitleEffects of managed fire on a swale grassland in the Chihuahuan Desert
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBestelmeyer BT, M.Burkett L, Lister L
JournalRangelands
Pagination1-4
Date Published07/27/2021
ARIS Log Number383464
Keywordsecological site descriptions, prescribed fire, state and transition models, vegetation monitoring
Abstract

On the Ground

• Fire is considered a critical process for limiting shrub encroachment and maintaining grassland structure and functions.

• Fire can be detrimental to grasses in upland settings of arid desert grasslands, but no studies have been performed in more productive swale grasslands.

• Monitoring of a prescribed fire treatment in a swale grassland in southern New Mexico indicated that perennial grasses had not recovered after 5 years, even with above-average rainfall. Furthermore, indicators of erosion susceptibility increased, and shrubs resprouted rapidly.

URLfiles/bibliography/21-022.pdf
DOI10.1016/j.rala.2021.05.001