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NWRC Coastal Prairie Research Program

Fire Ecology

Prescribed Fire

Many ecosystem types within the coastal prairie region are naturally fire dependent, which has major implications for management and restoration. In particular, the use of prescribed fire to manage these systems raises many questions about how the habitats respond to different burn regimes. Interactions between fire and invasive plants are of particular importance, since it is hoped that prescribed burning will generally favor native species and eliminate opportunities for exotic invaders.

Fire and Coastal Systems

(Overall summary with literature citations)
Grace, J.B. 1998. Can prescribed fire save the endangered coastal prairie ecosystem from Chinese tallow invasion? Endangered Species Update 15:70-76.

Marsh Buggy with fire crew

Prescribed Burns

A look at the anatomy of a prescribed burn.

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