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Planting prairie plugs

By Jim Alwill I have been working my 10 acre sand hill for the last 20 years and have thrown down tons of  forb seed with poor results overall. Little bluestem will grow very well in sand. The forbs don’t … Continue reading

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On the path to recovery

By Pati Vitt, Lake County Forest Preserves This is a post from Lake County Forest Preserve, Lake County Nature Blog. https://www.lcfpd.org/blogs/ Just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to grip the world, another global milestone was occurring: The United Nations … Continue reading

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Year one results: Comparing seeding into brome grass sod that was first mowed and sprayed with glyphosate vs. seeding only

By Kevin Scheiwiller, Restoration Manager, Barrington Illinois While attending the 2019 GRN Workshop in Madison, I was particularly impressed with the prairie restorations the Madison Audubon Society was undertaking. Young restorations of old brome fields already had a great display … Continue reading

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Nachusa prairie planting #133

This Fall we began the process to turn a retired agricultural field into a mosaic of wetlands, wet prairie, mesic and dry prairie. Below are the photos and maps of this work. At the end is a link to the … Continue reading

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Peaceful winter work

By Bryon Walters Winter has always been my favorite time of the year to do woodland ecological restoration work.  It’s peaceful, comfortable and non hazardous. There are no insects, Herps or bird nests to accidentally spray on. Basal spraying with … Continue reading

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Pumper Units: How to build your own or purchase one wisely

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands Whether you are shopping for a slip on unit, or want to assembly one yourself seeing what I produced can help. Below are some photos of pumper units I assembled this year. At the end … Continue reading

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Highlights from the September 15 workshop: Growing Through Change: Sourcing Climate-Resilient Seed for Ecological Restoration

On September 15th, 2020, 124 participants from across the Midwest and the broader United States, as well as Argentina, Australia, Canada, and Germany, came together for a virtual workshop: Growing Through Change – Sourcing Climate-Resilient Seed for Ecological Restoration. The … Continue reading

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Hand held herbicide sprayer comparison

By Bill Kleiman I find it pleasant when driving the preserve and I spy one autumn olive out in the prairie and I have my little sprayer in the truck. I don’t need to remember to return to take care … Continue reading

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Gravel pit restoration

by Bill Kleiman Years back we purchased a tract with a gravel mine pit.  We found some funds last year to use an excavator to return the land to a more natural looking, gentle, shape before starting the long process … Continue reading

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Leaf blowers to clear mowed fire breaks

by Bill Kleiman Leaf blowers are used to move vegetation off of fire breaks to make them less flammable. I once sent two hardy youth, Ryan K and Austin S, out to clear two miles of woodland fire break, each … Continue reading

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