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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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Wildfire Recovery at The Niobrara Valley Preserve – Spring Green Up

Spring is finally changing the color of The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve in north central Nebraska.  After last summer’s wildfire and drought, much of the Preserve was barren and brown all winter.   Now, the area has had several small rainfalls during the last couple months, followed by a hard 3 … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 23, 2013

Many thanks for all the great feedback on my garlic mustard post earlier this week.  If there’s one big lesson from all the responses and suggestions I got via blog comments and emails, it’s that there is no standard effective … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 16, 2013

We spent two days in the southeast corner of Nebraska this week, pulling garlic mustard at our Rulo Bluffs Preserve.  It was the second trip in as many weeks, and there was still plenty to do the second time around.  … Continue reading

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A Weekend Walk in the Woods

We visited family in eastern Nebraska this weekend.  My in-laws have an oak woodland that I’ve become familiar with over the years, and I was glad to have a little time to wander through it.  Because of the cool spring, I was curious … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 23, 2012

No, they’re not orange blueberries… Also known as wild coffee because its fruits can be used as a substitute for coffee, late horse gentian’s orange fruits stand out in autumn woodlands.  I found a small group of these plants on … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 19, 2012

We’ve been a little short on April showers this spring, but the warm weather is bringing on plenty of flowers. The little prairie garden in our yard is greening up much faster than it normally does.  Today, the False Solomon’s … Continue reading

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(What We Have Here is) A Failure to Communicate

Picture a grassland dominated by little bluestem and other grass species.  One that has an abundance of wildflowers, including bird’s foot violet, goat’s rue, partridge pea, and numerous varieties of goldenrod, bushclover, and tickclover – among many others.  This prairie … Continue reading

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Savanna and Woodland Burning at the Rulo Bluffs Preserve

The Nature Conservancy’s Rulo Bluffs Preserve is one of the highest quality woodland/savanna habitats in Nebraska. Located at the very southeastern corner of the state, the 444 acre site has very steep topography, small prairies on the ridge tops, and … Continue reading

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