Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
TAPR protects approximately 3,800 ha of native tallgrass prairie. In addition, areas surrounding the creeks, springs, and former Zbar/Spring Hill Ranch Headquarters Area are forested. In 1998 and 1999, approximately 15 ha located adjacent to the schoolhouse (Southwind Nature Trail Area) remained unburned and ungrazed, 440 ha adjacent to Fox Creek remained planted with smooth brome (Bromus inermis), and 3,640 ha was burned and grazed annually. To date, the prairie is burned each year between mid-March and mid-April. Cattle are placed on the prairie between mid-April and 1 August. Actual cattle-stocking dates and densities vary from year to year (Barbara Zurhellen, personal communication).