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A simple experiment on birdsfoot trefoil

by Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC I often carry in my truck a spray bottle of herbicide that is 20% garlon 4 in mineral oil, a basal bark herbicide.  I use this on various brush I see during the summer.  … Continue reading

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Weed management tips

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands Project Director, TNC The photo below shows a nail pouch that clips to my belt.  Those are king devil flower heads in there.  I pluck the heads and spray the basal rosettes.  This is easy … Continue reading

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When to manage against an invasive plant

Because one project is spraying invasive birdsfoot trefoil does that mean I should too? How to approach this question for birdsfoot trefoil, or any invasive plant. First gather information about an assumed invasive plant.  Look up websites, talk to managers … Continue reading

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Using images to summarize a restoration project

We get so busy doing conservation that we often don’t report out on the work we accomplish.  Or we create a dry report and wonder if anyone reads it.  I was recently involved with a brush mowing project where we … Continue reading

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Tender Truck for Rx Fire

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy If you manage grasslands you likely also do prescribed fire. I have been posting fire and fire equipment articles with the GRN because I also provide content for the Illinois Prescribed Fire … Continue reading

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Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula L.)

By Eric Hoff and Haley Bloomquist, The Nature Conservancy, Brown Ranch, North Dakota. Leafy spurge is native to Eurasia and thought to have been brought to the upper Midwest in the late 1800’s.  A very aggressive plant, Leafy Spurge spreads … Continue reading

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THE 1-2 PUNCH

By Bryon Walters, Illinois Natural Area Improvements Spring is a great time to go after all those exotic and invasive basal rosettes that like to pop up early. This mix will be very effective towards a wide array of broadleaf … Continue reading

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Herbicide Treatments to Reed Canary Grass, Clethodim vs. Glyphosate

Subtitle:  We need to focus on winning the war and not just the battle By:  Julianne Mason, Restoration Program Coordinator, Forest Preserve District of Will County April 21, 2020 Like all invasive species, reed canary grass is a formidable opponent.  … Continue reading

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Brush mowing

By Bill Kleiman The Middle Rock Conservation Partners have had a long winter and early spring of brush mowing.   MRCP purchased this large brush mower in early winter and have been working to keep the machine going. Above is the … Continue reading

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Hay rakes for fire breaks – an equipment review

By Bill Kleiman At Nachusa Grasslands we have miles of fire breaks that are mowed once a year in the Fall.   We typically use a batwing mower and mow two to four passes with the mower and make them wide … Continue reading

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