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Patch-Burn Grazing with Cattle as a Prairie Management Tool on Missouri Department of Conservation Lands

White Paper April, 2010 Tallgrass prairies, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems, evolved with fire, drought, and native grazers (bison and elk). In Missouri, over 99% of the original tallgrass prairie has been converted mainly to row-crop fields and tall fescue pastures. Concomitant with these landscape changes have been dramatic declines in the state endangered greater prairie-chicken and other grassland birds. Grassland ecologists in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa have been experimenting with a management practice known as patch-burn grazing with either cattle or bison since the late 1980s as a grazing system that benefits wildlife by emulating the presettlement disturbance regime.

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