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Prescribed Burning in Southern Forest and Rangeland Improves Forage and Its Use

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Prescribed burning is a common management practice on much of the South's rangeland and forest land. Fire helps maintain the productivity, improves the nutrient content, and increases digestibility of forage. Burning increases availability of forage and browse plants by removing dead plant material and by reducing the size and density of shrubs. Proper use of fire permits better use of the grazable natural resources of southern forest ranges for both livestock and wildlife.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Biologist, North Central Forest Experiment Station, Columbia, Missouri, USDA Forest Service

Publication date: February 1, 1982

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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