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A few pictures of the Riesel Prairie just over a month after a prescribed burn. Thank you Megan Lowery for visiting the prairie and sharing your pictures with us!
NPAT conducted a prescribed burn on one of our prairies located east of Waco, outside Riesel, TX.
A brief meeting prior to the prescribed burn to discuss the plans for the morning. The crew included Tim Siegmund, Jay Whiteside, and Larry Labeau from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and James Cash and Zach Johnson, students at Texas A&M University.
The team began with starting a small test fire in the northeast corner of the property to determine how fast the thatch would burn.
The crew began by crossing the prairie with the drip torches to ignite small swathes of the prairie.
Large patches of Eastern Gamagrass burned very quickly.
A stand of Eastern Gamagrass after the burn. With years of old growth and no green growth in 2016, these areas burned completely.
Some areas of the prairie had much less thatch to burn and had even began to grow again with this year’s unseasonably warm weather causing a more patchy burn pattern. Overall, the prescribed burn was a success. Thanks again to the crew from TPWD and TAMU for helping keep one of our remnant native prairies healthy!
Recorded at the 2015 Southern Plains and Prairies conference in Houston, TX.