Title

Fire in Rangelands and its Role in Management

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

EOLSS Publishers/UNESCO

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Natural Sciences/Centre for Ecosystem Management

RAS ID

10582

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Van Etten, E. J. (2010). Fire in rangelands and its role in management. In Victor R. Squires (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Range and Animal Sciences and Resources Management (pp. 146-170). Location: EOLSS Publishers/UNESCO.

Abstract

Fire is a prevalent feature of most rangelands, whereas not all fire-prone ecosystems are rangelands. The major rangeland ecosystems at a global scale (savanna, grasslands, steppe and grassy woodlands) generally occur in regions of intermediate rainfall, are dominated by grasses and experience regular fire (annually to one every few years). In broad transitional zones with both drier and wetter regions, long-term rainfall deviations are largely responsible for fire in vegetation which otherwise doesn't carry fire. Consequently fire is relatively infrequent in these transitional zones.

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