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Tag Archives: recovery
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know about the big wildfire that swept across The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve back in 2012. One of the results of that fire was the death of almost … Continue reading
I’ve written many times about the 2012 wildfire that impacted our Niobrara Valley Preserve, and the continuing recovery of the plant and animal communities there. When I was up at the Preserve a few weeks ago, it was really interesting … Continue reading
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
Look, more timelapse photography… I’m nearing the end of the process of going through all the images from the last three years of timelapse work at the Niobrara Valley Preserve. My eyes are very tired, but it’s been a lot … Continue reading
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
As I was looking at some of my recent photos from our Niobrara Valley Preserve, I realized that I have a series of photos from approximately the same vantage point that illustrates the site’s recovery from the major wildfire back … Continue reading
When I was at the Niobrara Valley Preserve a couple weeks ago, I spent some time exploring the area north of the river where the 2012 wildfire ripped through oak savanna and ponderosa pine woodland. As discussed in earlier posts, … Continue reading
I took our Hubbard Fellows up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve in north-central Nebraska last week. While we were there, I spent quite a bit of time in the east bison pasture, where the recovery of prairie plants from last year’s … Continue reading
Prairies demonstrate their resilience regularly, but usually in a fairly subtle way. They tend to adjust their plant composition after fire, grazing, or drought in ways you might not notice unless you were a botanist. Once in while, however, prairies take it to the next level and … Continue reading
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