Readings and videos for July 19

How to Perform a Prescribed Burn - Nine video series from Iowa State University Extension

(download prescribed burn plan)

Anderson, Roger C. "Evolution and origin of the Central Grassland of North America: climate, fire, and mammalian grazers." The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 133, no. 4 (2006): 626-647.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall, and Frank Kanawha Lake. "The role of indigenous burning in land management." Journal of Forestry 99, no. 11 (2001): 36-41.

Anderson, R. C., and M. L. Bowles. "Deep-soil savannas and barrens of the Midwestern United States. Pages155–170 in RC Anderson, JS Fralish, and JM Baskin, editors. Savannas, barrens, and rock outcrop plant communities of North America." (1999).

Dix, Ralph L., and John E. Butler. "The effects of fire on a dry, thinsoil prairie in Wisconsin." Journal of Range Management 7, no. 6 (1954): 265-268.

Hmielowski, Tracy C. “Response of tallgrass prairie to fire frequency.” Research Brief for Resource Managers (2014).


Readings and videos for July 26

Fuhlendorf, Samuel D., David M. Engle, J. A. Y. Kerby, and Robert Hamilton. "Pyric herbivory: rewilding landscapes through the recoupling of fire and grazing." Conservation Biology 23, no. 3 (2009): 588-598

Virtual field trip:


Watch the intro video, then “Take a Field Walk”; there are 4 field walks to explore (see thumbnails at the bottom of the screen)

Readings and videos for August 2

Nowacki, Gregory J., and Marc D. Abrams. "The demise of fire and “mesophication” of forests in the eastern United States." AIBS Bulletin 58, no. 2 (2008): 123-138.

Hmielowski, Tracy L. “Comparison of restoration techniques in a Midwest oak barren.” Research Brief for Resource Managers (2014).

Readings and videos for August 9

Harper, Craig A., W. Mark Ford, Marcus A. Lashley, Christopher E. Moorman, and Michael C. Stambaugh. "Fire Effects On Wildlife In The Central Hardwoods And Appalachian Regions, USA." Fire Ecology 12, no. 2 (2016).

Hmielowski, Tracy L. “Can oak savanna restorations for other species benefit bird communities?” Research Brief for Resource Managers (2014).

Syllabus (updated July 23, 2018)