Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Thomas Weber


Introduction: Fire was once a wide-spread, naturally occurring element that probably contributed to the maintenance of the temperate grasslands in the central United States (Daubenmire, 1968). Native bluestem prairie in the United States produces large amounts of dead vegetation, or mulch, yearly (Weaver & Rowland, 1952; Hopkins, 1954). The immediate effect of fire on the native grasslands is the removal of the mulch layer along with the destruction of growing vegetation. The extent of this activity is determined by the season, intensity, and duration of the fire (Weaver, 1954).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Biology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1981 Anthony R. Sambol.