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Author Scifres, Charles J., 1941-

Title Prescribed burning for brushland management : the South Texas example / C.J. Scifres and W.T. Hamilton
Edition 1st ed
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1993


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 246 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents 1. Prescribed Burning -- A Perspective. Prescribed Burning Defined. Historical Role of Fire in South Texas -- 2. Vegetation and Climate of South Texas. Coastal Zone. Rio Grande Plains. The Tamaulipan Thorn Woodland and Thornshrub. Vegetation Subtypes -- 3. Mode of Fire Action and Factors Regulating Fire Behavior. Heat Characteristics. Heat Transfer Processes. Ignition and the Combustion Process. Fuel Influences. Methods for Determining Fire Temperatures. Weather Influences on Fire Behavior. Topographical Influences -- 4. Factors Regulating Relative Susceptibility of Plants to Fire. Physical Heat Resistance. Physiological Influences. Herbaceous Plant Morphology. Fire Adaptations of Tamaulipan Thornshrubs. Season of Burning -- 5. Fire Effects on Soils. Soil Temperature. Soil Water Relationships. Watershed Hydrologic Characteristics. Organic Matter Content. Soil Nutrient Status. Response of pH -- 6. Burning Techniques and Fire Plans. Selection of Burns by Purpose. Fire Fronts. Fire Plans. Personnel and Equipment. Checklist: Planning Chronology for Prescribed Burning -- 7. Vegetation Management with Prescribed Burning: Selected Applications. Suppression of Woody Plants. Improvement of Herbaceous Forage Stands. Livestock Responses. Grazing Management Considerations -- 8. Prescribed Burning and Wildlife Management. Wildlife Habitat: Definitional Bounds. Burning for Improvement of White-tailed Deer Habitat. Small Mammals. Habitat Improvement for Northern Bobwhites. Burning and Mourning Dove Habitat. Invertebrates. Management Implications. Research Implications -- 9. Burning-Based Vegetation Management Systems. Herbicide-Prescribed Burning Systems. Mechanical-Prescribed Burning Systems. General Considerations and Summary. Grazing Management Considerations -- 10. Salient Economic Aspects of Prescribed Burning. A Production Response Model for Economic Analysis. Data Needs for the Model. Results of NPV Analyses. Costs and Benefits Associated with Prescribed Burning. Hypothetical Case Study -- Appendix A. Scientific Designations of Plants and Animals Mentioned in Text -- Appendix B. Chemical Names of Herbicides Mentioned in Text
Summary The South Texas Example is a great reference tool for anyone interested in the mechanics, costs and benefits to prescribed burning on rangelands. Although this book is best suited for Texas, as this is where much of the study was conducted, it is a great reference tool to have on your shelf. The book goes into detail about the evolution of fire on rangelands, how it produced the landscape that our forefathers first set foot onto, and how to manage it for ecological and economical means
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-240) and index
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Subject Prescribed burning -- Texas, South
Brush -- Control -- Texas, South
Vegetation management -- Texas, South
Wildlife management -- Texas, South
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Agronomy -- Crop Science.
Brush -- Control
Prescribed burning
Vegetation management
Wildlife management
South Texas
Form Electronic book
Author Hamilton, W. T. (Wayne T.), 1933-
ISBN 0585147426