|Title||Effects of managed fire on a swale grassland in the Chihuahuan Desert|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Bestelmeyer BT, M.Burkett L, Lister L|
|ARIS Log Number||383464|
|Keywords||ecological site descriptions, prescribed fire, state and transition models, vegetation monitoring|
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.