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Natural Resource Report NPS/HTLN/NRR 2015/1025 / NPS 031/129693 , September 2015: vii, 20, A-2, B-2 pages

Published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Leis, S. A. and S. E. Hinman. 2015. Prescribed fire monitoring report: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 2014 (IQCS fire number 285382, 285383, 266782, 285677). Natural Resource Report NPS/HTLN/NRR—2015/1025. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.


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In 2014, the preserve’s federal and NGO partners conducted prescribed fires during March, April, and October that encompassed 8129.8 acres of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (TAPR). This was a unique burn year in that prescribed burns occurred in the spring, the traditional burn season, and the fall. Fall burns were conducted to support needed archaeological surveys as part of the environmental compliance for a symphony event scheduled for June 2015 at the preserve. Burns at TAPR were coordinated with local US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and various units of the National Park Service.

Burns conducted in spring 2014 included: Red House Pasture, Crusher Hill Pasture, the southwest portion of Windmill Pasture, Big Pasture-North, Two Section, East Traps, and Bottomland Restorations (Fields 4, 8, and 18, and the east half of Field 20). In fall 2014, they included: the northeast portion of Windmill Pasture, Big Pasture-South, Southwind Nature Trail/Headquarters, and the northeast portion of Red House Pasture. These areas were successfully burned over the course of three days in the spring and two days in the fall (Table 1; See figure 8 for map of all burned areas.).

The fire ecologist was unable to participate in the spring burn events, but was onsite for one day of fall burning. This report presents the 2014 monitoring data in the context of available long-term data that has been collected at TAPR since 2010.