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By Pam Burke 

Ecologist talks managing heavily burned and disturbed rangelands


October 4, 2017

The 2017 drought may be the silver lining for rangeland hit by the East Fork Fire, a rangeland plant ecologist at Montana State University said, but some burned areas might require special attention from landowners to help them recover quality, healthy livestock forage.

“You were pretty dry up there — it may very well be that the level of damage is pretty minor given that the plants weren’t growing,” Craig Carr, assistant professor of rangeland ecology at MSU in Bozeman, said. “The time to burn vegetation that has sort of the least amount of potential to damage that vegetation i...

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