Oak Prairie Habitat Management

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/habitats/oak_prairie/habitat_management/

Here is a link to an interesting article posted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Larry Petter referred me to this and I think it deserves to be shared.  Here is the summary copied form the full article.

Summary:
Today it is very important that land managers understand basic ecological principles of plant succession, plant growth, food chains, and water, mineral and soil nutritive cycles as they affect range, wildlife, and grazing management.  In addition, we should know and recognize the basic needs and preferences of the livestock and wildlife species for which we are trying to manage.  It is equally important to manage for a high level of plant succession and quality wildlife habitat using the basic tools of grazing, rest, fire, hunting, animal impact, disturbance, and technology.  This not only produces high quality habitat and animals, but also can lead to more stable conditions during stress periods such as droughts and winter.