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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.

Can We Create a Copse of  Low Juneberry for a Remnant Restoration?

By Bernie Buchholz A thriving copse of low juneberry is an attractive feature on several remnant knobs at Nachusa Grasslands. These dense clusters of identical plants offer a strong visual contrast to the lovely chaos of diverse prairie surrounding them.   … Continue reading

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Tom Mitchell inducted into the hall of fame

By Bill Kleiman Tom Mitchell is famous. We all have fame within various sized communities in which we live. Tom is certainly known in Monroe Wisconsin as he was the captain of his high school basketball team when they won … Continue reading

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A new illustrated handbook for ecological restoration

A book review by Daniel Suarez A Healthy Nature Handbook. Illustrated insights for Ecological Restoration from Volunteer Stewards of Chicago Wilderness. Edited by Justin Pepper and Don Parker. Available at Island Press https://islandpress.org/books/healthy-nature-handbook and here is a 20% coupon code … Continue reading

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Propagating Swamp Betony by Luke Dahlberg

by Luke Dahlberg with Citizens for Conservation This work can be seen at this years GRN workshop. One of my goals that I wanted to achieve this year was to begin trials on the propagation of hemi-parasitic native plant species. … Continue reading

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Save the Date – GRN workshop – August 16,17, 2022!

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Prairie planting #135 Grist Mill unit

By Bill Kleiman The Nachusa Grasslands seasonal crew were led by Anna Scheidel and Matt Nugent. The Nachusa crew harvested, processed and planted enough seed to plant two units, including this 25 acres at Franklin Creek Natural Area, FCNA, which … Continue reading

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Twenty years of tallgrass prairie restoration in northern Illinois, USA

by Elizabeth Bach, Research Scientist at Nachusa Grasslands This blog originally appeared in The Applied Ecologist blog on Dec. 7, 2021. The challenges facing our planet can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. Climate is changing, biodiversity is declining, people are struggling … Continue reading

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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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