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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.

Eastern redcedar-guest blog

The “green glacier” is taking over the Great Plains. Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), otherwise called the “green glacier” has been creeping west over the past century and is at a level of ecological disturbance some equal to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.

A critical tool for slowing this “green glacier” is the use of prescribed fire.

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Fire in combination with herbicide treatments boost effectiveness

When I took the job as crew lead for the Heartland Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) in 2011, I was asked to tackle the invasion of sumac into the restored prairie at GWCA, specifically the “view shed” area which could be seen from an observation deck on the second floor of the Visitor’s Center. We discussed the dual-management strategy of fire plus herbicide treatments for this effort.

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Understanding the problem with junipers in the Great Plains recordings

Watch presentations by Sam Fuhlendorf, John Briggs, Dirac Twidwell, and Larry Sanders recorded at the Society for Range Management Meeting in Orlando Florida in February 2014.  The Workshop centered on the topic of juniper encroachment was capped off with a …

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Webinar recording available: Economics of Ecological Restoration and Hazard Fuel Reduction Treatments

Recording link:  http://acp2.missouristate.edu/p2eufi997j9/ Yeon-Su Kim, School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University discussed a recent report describing the economic efficacy of fuels treatments. Courtesy of Ecological Restoration Institute. Abstract: What are the economic values of landscape-level ecological restoration and hazardous fuel treatments? …

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Cool season grass workshop presentations available

Cool Season Invasive Grasses Workshop Abstracts and Video LinksThe above linked document includes abstracts from the recent Cool Season Grass workshop in Fargo, ND this spring.  Abstract titles with a box around them are hot-linked to the presentation recordings. Poa …

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