The impact of a prescribed burn on introduced Lehmann lovegrass versus native vegetation in the northern Chihuahuan Desert

Christopher M. McGlone, Laura F Huenneke

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Abstract

Prescribed burning has been suggested as a method to prevent shrub encroachment on desert grasslands. A concern for range managers is the prevalence of introduced African lovegrasses (Eragrostis spp.). These exotic grasses may compromise the effectiveness of fire as a range management tool in these areas due to their fire tolerance. In this study we examined the response of an established patch of Lehmann lovegrass to a prescribed burn. While Lehmann lovegrass was not adversely affected by the prescribed burn, all of the native grasses were compromised to some degree.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-310
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004

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Keywords

  • Chihuahuan Desert
  • Desert grasslands
  • Invasive species
  • Lehmann lovegrass
  • Prescribed fire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Ecology

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