PBG01 Plant species composition in the Patch Burning-grazing Experiment at Konza Prairie

Summary

Short name: 

PBG01

Abstract: 

‘PBG’ datasets are associated with a long-term, large-scale study that is addressing the effects of fire-grazing interactions in the context of a Patch-Burn Grazing management system designed to promote grassland heterogeneity. Effects of patch-burn grazing management on plant and animal diversity and the nature and variety of wildlife habitat are being assessed in two replicate management units, each consisting of three pastures (watersheds) designated C03A/C03B/C03C and C3SA/C3SB/C3SC. In each patch-burn grazing unit, one watershed is burned and two that are left unburned in a given year. The burning treatments are rotated annually so that each pasture is burned every third year. Each patch-burn grazing unit is paired with an annually-burned pasture for comparison with traditional grazing systems (C01A and C1SB). All grazing units are stocked with cow/calf pairs from approximately 1 May until 1 Oct at a stocking density equal to 3.2 ha per cow/calf. To examine the impact of patch burning and grazing in all 8 units, we monitor changes in plant species composition, residual biomass, grassland bird populations, insect populations, small mammal populations, soil nutrients, and stream water quality1(1C3SA/C3SB/C3SC unit only). The KSU Department of Animal Science monitors cattle performance, including weight gain and body condition to assess the economic feasibility of using patch-burn management on a widespread basis.

DOI: 

10.6073/pasta/83fc9f063246d7d1d53d28896afc0e8f

Data set ID: 

62

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Variables: 

DataCode
  • Label:
  • Definition: Dataset code
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
RecType
  • Label:
  • Definition: Record type
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
RecYear
  • Label:
  • Definition: Year of sample
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: YYYY
  • Missing values: None specified
RecMonth
  • Label:
  • Definition: month of record
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: MM
  • Missing values: None specified
RecDay
  • Label:
  • Definition: day of record
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: DD
  • Missing values: None specified
Watershed
  • Label:
  • Definition: Watershed of treatment
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
SoilType
  • Label:
  • Definition: Soil type in which data were collected
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
Transect
  • Label:
  • Definition: Transect
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
Plot
  • Label:
  • Definition: Plot Number
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
SpeCode
  • Label:
  • Definition: Species code
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
AB_genus
  • Label:
  • Definition: Abbreviation of genus
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
Ab_species
  • Label:
  • Definition: Abbreviation of species
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
CoverClass
  • Label:
  • Definition: species cover class
  • Type: Code list
  • Codes:
    • 1 = 0-1% cover
    • 2 = 1-5% cover
    • 3 = 5-25% cover
    • 4 = 25-50% cover
    • 5 = 50-75% cover
    • 6 = 75-95% cover
    • 7 = 95-100% cover
  • Missing values: None specified
Pid
  • Label:
  • Definition: Personnel id who collected the data
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
Comments
  • Label:
  • Definition: comments for the data
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

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Dates

Date Range: 

Thursday, May 1, 2008 to Friday, December 30, 2016

Publication Date: 

Friday, December 30, 2016
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