CitationWhite, R. S., & Currie, P. O. (1983). The effects of prescribed burning on silver sagebrush. Journal of Range Management, 36(5), 611-613.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractPrescribed burning was conducted in the spring and fall on mixed grass prairie vegetation to evaluate the effects of fire on silver sagebrush. Climatic conditions and fuel loads at the time of burning were similar in both seasons. Spring burning under good soil moisture conditions resulted in low mortality of sagebrush and vigorous sprouting. Fall burning under dry conditions resulted in greater mortality and reduced shrub regrowth. Fire intensity in both spring and fall was directly related to mortality and inversely related to subsequent growth. As intensity increased, mortality became greater and regrowth became less. This range in response to fire indicates that burning can be used advantageously to manage plant communities containing silver sagebrush.