Category Archives: Prairie Management

2014 Patch-Burn Grazing Meeting – Platte River Prairies, Nebraska

Curious about patch-burn grazing?  Want to get together with other grassland enthusiasts, ranchers, researchers, and wildlife managers and talk about a variety of ways to manage for diverse wildlife habitats and plant communities?  The annual Patch-Burn Grazing Meeting might just … Continue reading

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Oddballs or Innovators?

I spotted an upland sandpiper on top of a power pole last week.  In central Nebraska, that’s not really noteworthy – upland sandpipers are pretty common across much of the state.  They tend to nest in large open grasslands with … Continue reading

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Conservation Grazing in Iowa

I got the chance to spend a couple days in Iowa last week, talking about conservation grazing with staff of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  They invited me to join a two day workshop discussing various ways to use … Continue reading

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2014 Woodland Burning at the Rulo Bluffs Preserve

I made a trip down to our Rulo Bluffs Preserve last week.  I wanted to get down and see the results of the prescribed fire we conducted earlier this spring.  We’re in a restoration mode at the site, trying to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 22, 2014

Last weekend, I took advantage of a beautiful evening and went for a hike at Griffith Prairie, a site north of town owned and managed by Prairie Plains Resource Institute.  It was mostly cloudy, but I was banking on the clouds thinning before … Continue reading

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How I Manage My Own Prairie

One of our major objectives at the Platte River Prairies is to experiment with and demonstrate various prairie management techniques and strategies.  All those strategies are aimed at creating and maintaining plant diversity, ecological resilience, and a wide range of wildlife … Continue reading

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Platte River Prairies Field Day – June 13, 2014

I hope to see many of you at our first Field Day of the 2014 season.  On Friday, June 13, we’ll host hikes and presentations all day long at our Platte River Prairies.  Come learn about prairie ecology, plant identification, … Continue reading

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Categorizing Invasive Plants

Managing invasive plant species is often the greatest challenge faced by land managers.  Because there are so many invasives and so little time, it’s critically important to be thoughtful about how to approach them.  There is much good advice available about … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 1, 2014

I’ve conducted hundreds of prairie fires without incident, but still feel a sense of relief every time we wrap another one up successfully. Today’s featured photo shows the tail end – the denouement, if you will – of one of this year’s spring fires.  … Continue reading

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An Adjusted Aesthetic and Reflections on Portraying Change

I have long admired the work of Stephen Packard.  His book  The Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Handbook (co-authored with Cornelia Mutel), for example, is a classic among restoration practitioners.   More importantly, he observes, reflects, and shares his thoughts in ways that influence … Continue reading

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