Tag Archives: prairies

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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Why A Warming Climate Is Making This Spring So Cold (… and Last Spring So Warm)

Melting sea ice might not seem important to those of us living in the middle of a continent.  It is. Weather and climate have always been complicated and difficult to understand, so it’s no wonder that climate change is a … Continue reading

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Changing Our Focus

Last Friday night, I had the honor to be part of an event called the Conservation Jam, hosted by The Center for Great Plains Studies and The Nature Conservancy, and attended by about 300 people.  I was one of 15 … Continue reading

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Correction – Tree Invasion

Thank you to a couple people, particularly Dan Carter, for pointing out an inaccuracy in my last post about woody expansion in prairies.  In my second paragraph, I said that woody plants had expanded in Konza Prairie (Kansas) under annual … Continue reading

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New Information on Tree Invasion in Prairies

One of the biggest challenges of prairie management today is the suppression of woody invaders.  Both native and non-native woody species can spread rapidly in prairie, making it difficult to maintain the open grassy habitat that most prairie species depend … Continue reading

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