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Author Archives: Sherry Leis

About Sherry Leis

I am the Coordinator for Great Plains Fire Science Exchange. My work is focused on the fire ecology of the Great Plains through monitoring and planning as well as information exchange.

Get to know the fire community-Al Steuter

Get to know Al Steuter in our interview series. Al discusses how he came to think about the synergy of fire and grazing as well as working with burn associations. A particularly productive brain-storming session occurred overlooking the South Unit of the Cross Ranch Preserve, ND….

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Got Woodies?

Across the GP, grassland managers are diligently working to maintain acceptable levels of shrub cover.  Restorations are especially prone to explosions of sumac, dogwood, and a variety of other shrubs.  A new study from researchers at Konza synthesized the mechanisms …

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What’s the big deal about fall burning?

We have heard a lot of buzz in the tallgrass prairie fire community recently surrounding the practice of fall burning. The recent release of a research paper by Towne and Craine (2014) describes a 20-year dataset, where the authors looked at effects of burning at different times during the year on the plant community.

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