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Use of Grazing Management and Prescribed Fire for Conservation of Lesser Prairie Chickens

Investigators:
Chris Gulick

Project Supervisor:
Dr. David Haukos

Funding:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Cooperators:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Kansas State University

Location:
Kansas

Completion:
September 2018

Status: Began September 2016

Lesser_Prairie_Chicken
Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)

Objectives:

Evaluate lesser prairie-chicken and livestock response to large-scale patch-burn prescribed fire in the Red Hills region of Kansas.

Quantify relationships of vegetation response (composition and structure) to prescribed fire and grazing management strategies in the Red Hills of Kansas.

Compare lesser prairie chicken population resposne among different grazing systems and intensities as well as burned versus unburned landscapes.

Progress and Results:
The purpose of this study is to assess aspects of livestock grazing and prescribed fire as management tools in Kansas by quntifying vegetation structure, vegetation composition, and lesser prairie-chicken population response to grazing management and use of fire. The vision for this effort is for a multi-year assessment that produces findings needed to improve implementation of the NRCS Lesser Prairie-chicken Initiative.


Products:

Professional Presentations:
Gulick, C. K., J. D. Lautenbach and D. A. Haukos. 2017. Space Use by Cattle, and Its Cascading Effects on Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Selection. The Wildlife Society 24th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.