Brief Summary of Restoration Efforts
Restoration Goal. Fire-influenced native woodland.
Field Operations. Restoration work was initiated along the south edge of this area in 1988 to remove brush and small trees from around bur oaks. This south edge was seeded with Elymus species in 1995. All areas that would burn have burned since 1988 except in 2000. The western portion of the area did not burn until Nov 2001 and only partially then and since then. The barbed wire fence along the west edge adjacent to Fall Burn Prairie and many trees along it were removed in 2001-2002. Invasive trees and fire-intolerant native trees within the western portion of the area were thinned 2002-2003. Thinned trees were cut up for firewood and removed from the area, while smaller branches were piled. Intense, systematic efforts began in 2003 to control multiflora rose and burdock with herbicide applications.
Monitoring Data Available
Contact the CERA Manager for access to the data outlined below.
- Canopy thinning records (2002, 2003): Species and dbh (diameter at breast height)
- Prescribed burn history
- Herbaceous cover: Sampling method: Twelve transects were established at 10-m intervals perpendicular to the west edge and extending 90-m east into the woodland. Herbaceous aerial cover was recorded for individuals rooted in 0.25-m2 quadrats placed at 10-m intervals along each transect. The canopy species above each quadrat were recorded also. Since the area was sprayed for multiflora rose and burdock prior to the sampling in 2003, herbicide damage from spray drift was noted as well. Sampling dates: June-August 2003, June 2004, June 2005.
- Light availability: Sampling method:A LiCor photometer was held 1-m above each transect at 5-m intervals to measure µmoles of photons/m2/second. Fifteen second averages were recorded. Full sun readings were recorded prior to and after measurements within a transect for most transects. Sampling dates: June-August 2003, June 2004, June 2005.