Various research is conducted at Sonora, such as prescribed fire projects and super juniper eating goats.
Over the next century, drought events are expected to increase in frequency and duration for many arid and semi-arid regions, potentially leading to heightened rates of woody plant mortality and dieback.
Fire – The Prescribed Burn
An interview with Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor
This is the fifth installment in a six part series examining Aldo Leopold’s Thesis of Game Management and its application in 21st Century Texas.
Despite years of accumulating scientific evidence that fire is critical for maintaining the structure and function of grassland ecosystems in the US Great Plains, fire has not been restored as a fundamental grassland process across broad landscapes. The result has been widespread juniper encroachment and the degradation of the multiple valuable ecosystem services provided by grasslands.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Experts have found that once fire and other noxious plant control measures stop, it only takes 30 years for grasslands to degenerate into unproductive brush jungles and prickly pear patches. Our researchers’ job is to find ways to keep that from happening. Our agency’s goal is to develop natural and sustainable ways to manage the range.