Cattle ranching is important to our state’s economy and our nation’s food supply. Gulf cordgrass reduces the productivity of native rangelands when it becomes mature and unpalatable to cattle. Fire, and corresponding gulf cordgrass regrowth, increases the productivity and nutritional value of native rangelands. However, it is unknown how best to apply fire to coastal rangelands dominated by gulf cordgrass in the South Texas Sand Sheet to maximize benefits to cattle.
The East Foundation is implementing a 3-year study on its coastal El Sauz property to determine:
The ultimate goal with this work is to produce prescribed fire recommendations for gulf cordgrass-dominated rangelands occurring deep in South Texas’ coastal communities.
Using operational-scale burn plots of 500 acres, we will:
Through these efforts, the East Foundation will produce valuable information needed by landowners charged with raising cattle and operating ranches in gulf cordgrass-dominated communities. There are 2 graduate students are working on this project. Thereby we are producing more management-minded scientists and more science-minded managers – one of the overarching purposes of the East Foundation.
Partner: Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute