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Coastal Prairie

Less than 0.1% of coastal prairie vegetation remains in a relatively undisturbed condition. Encompassing as much as 3.6 million hectares of land, coastal prairie is a hybrid of coastal wetlands and tall grass prairie.

 

Grace, J.B., Allain, L.K., Baldwin, H.Q., Billock, A.G., Eddleman, W.R., Given, A.M., Jeske, C.W., and Moss, R., 2005, Effects of prescribed fire in the coastal prairies of Texas: USGS Open-File Report: 2005-1287, 46 p., http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/factshts/2005-1287-fire-in-coastal-texas-report.pdf

Prescribed fire is widely applied for habitat management in coastal ecosystems. Fire management plans typically list a variety of objectives for prescribed burning, including succession management, promotion of native flora and fauna, providing habitat for species of importance, wildfire risk reduction (fuels management), as well as reduction and/or prevention of invasive species. In most cases, the information needed to determine the degree to which management objectives are met is not available.

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