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About Grassland Restoration Network blog published by Bill Kleiman.

Bill Kleiman's daytime job is manager of Nachusa Grasslands. We are looking for guest authors on various topics of grassland habitat restoration. Contact me with your ideas or drafts.

Combining prairie

by Bill Kleiman If you want a high diversity prairie restoration nothing beats picking by hand. You likely don’t need a combine, but perhaps you would find it interesting to see how ours works. Here is a half minute video … Continue reading

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Growing Comandra with Plugs

By Bernie Buchholz, Nachusa Grasslands Steward Comandra umbelata (bastard toad flax) is notoriously difficult to grow from seed, but we’ve had success growing it from plugs. In 2008, we dug five plugs from inconspicuous spots on the edges of a … Continue reading

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New seed room

Above is our new stewardship building at Nachusa Grasslands. The left half, with the lower roof height, is the seed room and science prep room. A few years back we ran out of room in our old HQ timber frame … Continue reading

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Saving Bell Bowl Prairie

By Bill Kleiman If you are from northern Illinois you have heard about Bell Bowl Prairie, a remnant prairie that sits in the way of the current design for the Rockford Airport expansion.   There is a website created for the … Continue reading

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Lisa Schulte-Moore

by Elizabeth Bach It’s not very often that prestigious national awards recognize the hard work and positive change happening to restore grasslands in North America. Last week was one of those rare moments. Dr. Lisa Schulte-Moore was named a 2021 … Continue reading

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Grazing Bison at McHenry County Conservation District- A New Venture

By Adam Rex- Restoration Ecologist, McHenry County Conservation District McHenry County Conservation District has been leasing ground at the 2080 acre Pleasant Valley Conservation Area for cattle grazing for many years. Even before the district owned Pleasant Valley the land … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack

By Bryon Walters Lespedeza cuneata is a serious invasive plant. It can be very problematic and can form large colony patches if left unattended. There have been many land managers implementing different methods and trying various herbicide products in hopes … Continue reading

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Basal bark G4 on Echinacea purpurea

By Bill Kleiman Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea is a wonderful native plant, but it is out of range, out of place for Nachusa. We have the E pallida, pale purple coneflower. Years back, the nursery that sold us the invasive … Continue reading

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Meet Agnes and Dana, citizens creating habitat

By Bill Kleiman These two have a lot of energy. On the left is Dana Sievertson and the right Agnes Wojnarski. This is their back yard in Prospect Heights, a suburb of Chicago. They started growing plugs six years back. … Continue reading

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Beware what seed you buy

by Bill Kleiman You likely don’t know invasive Lespedeza daurica. I will tell you why in a bit. But it is similar to the invasive Lespedeza cuneata, but more likely found prostrate like the specimen I put in the pot … Continue reading

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