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Tag Archives: prairie reconstruction
A big topic of conversation at this year’s Grassland Restoration Network (GRN) workshop had to do with designing seed mixes to combat potential invasive plant problems. When converting cropland to prairie vegetation, the first few years of establishment are sometimes … Continue reading
Seed harvest is a big part of our work here at the Platte River Prairies. We don’t do as much complete restoration (converting cropland to high-diversity prairie) as we used to because we’ve just about run out of land to … Continue reading
A major milestone was reached in prairie conservation today when our good friends and partners over at Prairie Plains Resource Institute (PPRI) planted their 10,000th acre of prairie. Ten thousand acres of new prairie in Nebraska! It’s an incredible contribution to our … 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
The Annual Grassland Restoration Network Workshop – Coming to A Prairie Near You (If You’re Near Columbia, Missouri)
The Grassland Restoration Network is a loose affiliation of those of us trying to use prairie restoration (reconstruction) as a way to rebuild, conserve and sustain grassland ecosystems. Each year, we put on a workshop to share ideas, techniques, research results, and stories with other. Workshops are … Continue reading
How important is plant diversity? Most ecologists think it’s a critical component of resilient ecosystems. Last week I collected some data that lends support to that view. In some experimental prairie plantings we’ve established in our Platte River Prairies, plant diversity appears to be suppressing the invasion … 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