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Spatial and temporal effects of burning on plant community characteristics and composition in a fescue prairie

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2005-04-22

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Masters

Abstract

Conserving structural and compositional diversity in Fescue Prairie requires reintroducing natural disturbances according to their historic regime. Fire is an important natural process that may be a source of spatial heterogeneity in Fescue Prairies. The effects of burning in all months of the year except January and February were evaluated in a Fescue Prairie in central Saskatchewan for 6 years following burning on 2 sites that had not been previously burned and 2 sites that had been burned 5 years earlier. Except for burning in March, burning reduced cover of litter (P

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disturbance regime, Elymus lanceolatus, Festuca hallii, fire return interval, grassland, heterogeneity, Hesperostipa curtiseta, restoration, natural variability, canonical correspondence analysis, spatial variance, time of burning, time since burning

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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Plant Sciences

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Plant Sciences

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