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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Controlled burning studies in old-fields
Year: 1980
Author(s): Whitehead, C.J., McConnell, C.A.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Source Type: Journal
pages: 88-95
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: A split-plot design was used to determine the effects of controlled burning at various season on vegetative communities in old fields on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area. Analysis of variance indicated no differences in frequencies of grasses, legumes, and forbes resulting from September, December, March, and May burns. Split-plot analysis of variance of frequencies of legumes, grasses, and forbes, and frequency differences between burned and control plots indicated that benefits to bobwhite quail (decreases in grasses and increases in legumes and forbes) can only be achieved through annual burnings, and periodic burnings may be detrimental to bobwhite quail. It was recommended that if benefits to bobwhite quail are expected, controlled burns should be conducted annually.