On the Nature Trail
Pyric Herbivory: Rewilding Landscapes through the Recoupling of Fire and Grazing
Data collected from the Tallgrass
Prairie Preserve in the southern Great Plains of North America that demonstrates that the interaction between free-roaming bison and random fires promotes heterogeneity and provides the foundation for biological diversity and ecosystem function of North American and African grasslands. Learn more
by Fuhlendorf, Engle, Kerby, and Hamilton
RESTORING HETEROGENEITY ON THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
PRESERVE: APPLYING THE FIRE-GRAZING
Landscape heterogeneity has been a primary focus of the ecological management plan at The Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass
Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oklahoma. Since 1993, an expanding bison herd has been interacting with randomly
selected burn patches that reflect the historical seasonality and frequency of fire.
by Bob Hamilton
Lessons from the Prairie
Since it's 1989 inception, the
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (TGPP) has
been a focal point of ecological research in
Oklahoma. Researchers from Oklahoma
State University, the University of Tulsa,
the George M. Sutton Avian Research
Center and several other institutions have
been actively involved in studying the flora,
fauna, and forces that characterize and
shape the tallgrass prairie landscape.
by Allen, Hamilton, Melcher, and Palmer
Restoring Heterogeneity on Rangelands:
Ecosystem Management Based on Evolutionary Grazing Patterns
Because they can embrace extensive native plant communities, rangelands can serve as biodiversity repositories. However, in the Great Plains of the United States, where decisions about land use are made largely at the discretion of the private landowner, many plant and animal species dependent on rangelands are imperiled
by Sam Fuhlendorf and David M. Engle
Osage County History
Osage County. The Osage Nation. The Osage. Different ways of describing the same place. I prefer The Osage, because its geography and geology, plentiful wildlife and mix of vegetation, rich history and extraordinary cast of characters stretch far beyond mere legal jurisdiction or tribal legacy, giving it almost a mystical cast.
by Jenk Jones
Just Keep it Simple.
Rangeland management based on patch burning and grazing can benefit both wildlife and livestock.
by John Hendrix
Tallgrass Prairie Bison
by Van Vives
How to Schedule a Work Day at the Visitor Center
Bison Round-Up at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Docent Liability Release Form
Must be submitted every year.
Tallgrass Prairie Docent Speaker's Bureau Application Form