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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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The Relationship Between Prescribed Fire Management and Carbon Storage in the Missouri Ozarks

White Paper April, 2010 A common concern among forest managers today is how best to manage forests using prescribed fires while simultaneously minimizing carbon emissions. In light of increased public awareness concerning climate change, the need to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere is a top priority around the world. Therefore, research into the most optimal forest management practices that reduce carbon emissions have been conducted in various regions and contiguous forested tracts. Further, models of carbon emissions produced by various forest management practices have been developed to shed light on those that are the most suitable for sustainable management of a forest ecosystem while minimizing the release of carbon.

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