Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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).
Sambol, Anthony R., "Effects of fire on the soil microbial ecosystem in a native tallgrass prairie." (1981). Student Work. 3333.