Grassland and Rangeland

March 30, 2023 Blog Environment

Grassland and Rangeland

Stands are composed of combinations of native and/or exotic species for which no natural analog exists. In general, wooded pastures are floristically similar to Pastures & Hayfields (16) but include more of a woody overstory. While all types of pastures are critical to Coal Creek Farm’s economy and productivity, at their best, they can also sustain native grassland and savanna species. The burned rangeland and shortleaf pine savanna restoration areas are responding nicely to controlled burns while the pastures and hayfields are being rotated with burns and grazing to encourage regrowth of native vegetation.

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Some scientists estimate that native grasslands have declined by as much as 99 percent. By some estimates, this resulted in three billion fewer birds on the landscape than 50 years ago. This has harmed both the eastern meadowlark and the bobwhite which are both found on Coal Creek.

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Landscapes like people get stressed.

Historically, open savannas and woodlands were largely maintained by periodic fire, which served to remove dense blankets of accumulated leaf litter from the ground and promote the growth of fire-adapted trees, such as shortleaf pine. Due to the loss of periodic fire, it is estimated that at least 90% of shortleaf pine-oak savanna has been lost.