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Tag Archives: measuring success
Back in August, I posted some questions to readers about what they look for when evaluating their own prairies. I got some excellent responses, which I really appreciated. If you missed them, you can re-read that post and those comments … Continue reading
We’ve taken another step in the right direction… Over the last several years, we’ve begun to evaluate our prairie restoration work beyond just looking at plant communities. Our primary objective for restoration is to functionally enlarge and reconnect fragmented remnant (unplowed) prairies by restoring the land … Continue reading
The Grassland Restoration Network’s annual workshop took place a couple weeks ago in Columbia, Missouri. This year’s workshop was hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and included more than 90 people from around the country. As always, the meeting … Continue reading
Many of the prairies we manage have pretty degraded plant communities, characterized by low plant diversity and dominance by a few grass species – including the invasive Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis). Our primary objective for these prairies is to increase plant diversity, … Continue reading
As promised, here is the second half of the results from our insect week back in July. Back in September, I reported that it appears bees are using our restored prairies much as they do our remnant prairies. That’s particularly important because our … Continue reading
It’s going to be a big day. I’m not sure what to call it yet, but it’ll be big. Mark July 13 on your calendar, and make plans to travel to the Platte River Prairies in Nebraska! Prairie Ecologist readers … Continue reading
When converting crop land to restored prairie, it’s always hard to predict what you’re going to get. Numerous examples prove that even when you control as many variables as possible – including soil conditions and the rate, timing, and technique of planting – no two … Continue reading
Back in February, I wrote a post that laid out some ideas about how to measure success when using prairie restoration (reconstruction) to stitch fragmented remnant prairies back together. One of the main needs is to see whether species from the … Continue reading
This is a follow-up to last week’s post on using prairie restoration to enlarge and reconnect remnant prairies. In this week’s post, I present a case study of a remnant sand prairie and an adjacent prairie restoration, and give thoughts … Continue reading