John R. Weir

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Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
008C Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Seasonal Variation in Flammability Characteristics of Quercus marilandica and Quercus stellata Leaf Litter Burned in the Laboratory
Pages: 80-88
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903080

Historically, the Cross Timbers forest of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas burned frequently. Fire managers in the region often have varied success when conducting prescribed fires, with one hypothesis being that fuel quality varies with litter age.  [Read More]

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Assessment of Experiential Education in Prescribed Burning for Current and Future Natural Resource Managers
Pages: 88-105
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1101088

Acquiring experiential prescribed fire education is difficult for college students.  In order to evaluate the effects of instruction on students, we surveyed those who were taking or had completed Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) prescribed fire courses since 2000.  Of those surveyed, 32 were current students and 99 were former students.  We assessed changes in their perception, knowledge, skills, abilities, the total area that they have prescribed burned since leaving OSU, their career trajectories, and how they rated the importance of different types of instruction.  [Read More]

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Vegetation Responses to Season of Fire in Tallgrass Prairie: A 13-Year Case Study
Pages: 137-142
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130290241

Fire regulates vegetation composition of fire-dependent grasslands in North American tallgrass prairies.  We measured the vegetation response to prescribed fire seasonality by burning in two-month increments every two years, from 2004 to 2015, west of Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.  Fire exclusion or burning in any season led to an in increase in woody plant cover ranging from 18 % to 63 %, except for September through October, which showed no increase.   [Read More]

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