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Tag Archives: prairie restoration
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
Our friends at Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT) created a very nice radio piece about our restoration work that aired on NET Radio (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) today. The link below includes that audio, along with a transcript and short video … Continue reading
I’m getting excited about this upcoming field season. For the first time in several years, we’re going to be attempting to harvest seed from as many prairie plant species as we can. Between about 1997 and 2005, we spent much of … Continue reading
How important is plant diversity in restored prairies? Are diverse prairies more resistant to drought and invasive species than less diverse prairies? How does plant diversity influence invertebrate communities and their ecological functions? These kinds of questions have been the focus … Continue reading
I’ve spent much of my career restoring prairie, and I gain immense satisfaction from watching bare ground turn into beautiful prairie. Following the lead of Bill Whitney and Prairie Plains Resource Institute, we have tried to harvest seed from as … Continue reading
It’s wrong to assume that successful restoration or management tactics from one prairie will work in another. Instead, every prairie has its own “personality” and responds accordingly. The key to success is experimentation and adaptive management. Bill Kleiman is one … 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
You may remember a previous post in which I described a project to evaluate the impact of our prairie restoration work on small mammals. Mike Schrad, a Nebraska Master Naturalist, is helping us collect some pilot data to see whether small mammal … 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