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Prescribed burning for oak savanna restoration in central Minnesota.Author(s): Alan S. White
Source: Research Paper NC-266. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionLow intensity, spring prescribed burns have been used since 1964 at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area in Minnesota in an attempt to restore the area to an oak savanna. Burned areas are now more savanna like (having greater grass and forb and lower shrub and lower tree representation) than unburned areas but still have higher overstory densities than apparently existed in presettlement times. No particular burning frequency could be distinguished as best for savanna restoration. Results indicated a possible interaction between fire effects and pretreatment and stand structure and composition.
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CitationWhite, Alan S. 1986. Prescribed burning for oak savanna restoration in central Minnesota. Research Paper NC-266. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Keywordsfire ecology, fire effects, prescribed burning, oak, savanna
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