From the Introduction:'Ranchers on the Coastal prairie have historically burned gulf cordgrass (Spartina spartinae) (referred to as 'sacahuista'). Apparently, some producers fired gulf cordgrass ranges routinely whereas others used the stands as a source of reserve feed during stress periods, especially during recurring droughts which characterize the vegetation region. The original thrust of our research 1 was directed toward the use of prescribed fire to create a source of cool-season grazing from gulf cordgrass to help alleviate winter forage shortages. Thus, vegetative growth and development and nutritional status of the herbage was studied in response to season of burning. Interpretation and proper use of data from these experiments required that certain aspects of gulf cordgrass ecology be investigated. The objective of this paper is to collate results of our experiments and other investigators into a state-of-the-art review of gulf cordrass ecology, and its response to fire on the Coastal Prairie.'