Natural Resources, School of


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GPE publication 2014‐16; Joint Fire Science Program.


Patch burn‐grazing is a rangeland management strategy that exploits the attraction of grazing animals to recently burned areas in order to achieve management objectives. When fire is applied to a landscape in a patchy manner, leaving some patches unburned, the resulting grazing animal activity, forage utilization, and animal impact are patchily distributed within that landscape as well. Areas that have been recently burned tend to be characterized by the highest levels of grazing animal activity while areas that have gone the longest without burning tend to be characterized by the lowest levels of grazing animal activity. This can be advantageous for a multitude of reasons related to wildlife conservation, livestock productivity, herbaceous fuel management, invasive species management, and woody plant control. The following annotated bibliography lists resources about patch burn‐grazing in North America. The bibliography includes all citations known by us of research conducted within the context of patch burn‐grazing as an explicit management strategy. Included in the bibliography are papers representing original research, review and synthesis papers, theses (10), and a dissertation. In instances where the research in a thesis or dissertation was subsequently published, we include the citation for the published article(s) but not for the original thesis or dissertation. We did not include reports or extension publications although many valuable publications of this type exist on this topic. For additional resources such as extension publications, look at the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange website or university extension websites in the region.