Category Archives: Prairie Management

Hubbard Fellowship Post – Community-Based Stewardship and Long-Term Management

This post is by Eric Chien, one of our 2016-17 Hubbard Fellows.  Eric hails from Minnesota, with an undergraduate education from Bowdoin College in Maine.  He has a strong background in prairie management, and hopefully a bright future in that … Continue reading

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The Role of History In Today’s Prairie Management

Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. I’m no expert in financial investing, but I’d like to retire someday, so I muddle along the best I can.  As I skim through various financial statements and investment newsletters, I … Continue reading

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In Defense of Erosion

The Nebraska Sandhills region consists of about 12 million acres of sand dunes with a thin layer of vegetation draped across them.  That vegetation has come and gone over the last several thousand years, as long-term climatic patterns have shifted … Continue reading

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Rising from the ashes. Again and again.

Fire and prairies go together like bologna and ketchup.  (There is no discussion about that, by the way, it’s just a fact.) It’s always fun to watch prairies green up following a prescribed fire.  Plant regrowth is rapid and vigorous, … Continue reading

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Aggressive Weed or Opportunistic Plant? It’s Good to Know the Difference

“Those weeds are really taking over my pasture!” I cringe when I hear that sentence because it’s often a precursor to broadcast spraying of herbicide and the subsequent loss of most plant diversity in a prairie.  That’s really bad.  What’s … Continue reading

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Hill Country

I’m in Austin, Texas this week, attending a conference of science and stewardship staff of The Nature Conservancy from around the country.  Ahead of the conference, I attended a field trip through portions of the Texas Hill Country near Austin. … Continue reading

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Prairie Word of the Day – Habitat Heterogeneity

Do you know what time it is?  It’s time for another PRAIRIE WORD OF THE DAY! Today’s Prairie Word of the Day (fine, it’s actually two words) is: Habitat Heterogeneity Heterogeneity is really just a longer word for Diversity, which … Continue reading

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Prairie Word of the Day – Disturbance

It’s been too long since the initial installment of what was intended to be a regular feature of this blog – the Prairie Word of the Day.  Since one blog post does not make a series, I figured I’d better … Continue reading

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A Walk in What Used to be Woods

I drove up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve this week and arrived in time for a long hike before dark on Monday evening.  It was the kind of opportunity to wander and think that is critically important (but unfortunately rare) … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – The Vanishing Sparrow

This post was written by Evan Barrientos, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  Evan is a talented writer and photographer and I encourage you to check out his personal blog. A small brown bird that sounds like it doesn’t even want to … Continue reading

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