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    Poor tree reproduction, sparse shrub cover, and increasing amounts of exotic species such as Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) are common problems in woody draws in the Northern Great Plains. Although the historic role of fire in maintaining woody draws is unclear, it is likely that these woodlands burned periodically, especially in dry years on hot and windy days. This paper summarizes the first of two studies designed to assess the role of fire in maintaining woody draws in this region.

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    Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Wright, Henry A. 1998. Synopsis: the role of prescribed burning in regenerating Quercus macrocarpa and associated woody plants in stringer woodlands in the Black Hills, South Dakota. In: Home on the range? Trees and Shrubs on Western Rangelands : Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Plains & Prairie Forestry Association of North America, June 24-27, 1997, Rapid City, SD. Brookings, SD: South Dakota State University. p. 28-29.


    Quercus macrocarpa, Acer negundo, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, riparian forests, woody draws, Black Hills, South Dakota

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