Oak Savanna Restoration by Prescribed Fire and Overstory Thinning

Oak savannas were historically prevalent throughout southern lower Michigan, forming part of broad transition zone between Eastern deciduous forests and the Great Plains. Today, oak savannas are exceedingly rare throughout the Midwest and, where they remain, fire suppression and resulting encroachment by fire sensitive trees and shrubs has dramatically altered these systems' structure and biodiversity. Presentation by Lars Brudvig of Michigan State University.