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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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Another example of savanna from a prairie planting

This ten second video simply shows a panorama of many oaks growing in a prairie planting from what was a corn field. https://youtu.be/zeCK9dqYRZ0 This “savanna” planting, if you will allow the phrase, is another prairie planting but we did not … Continue reading

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Weed Wiper

By Mike Saxton, Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Botanical Garden Combatting woody encroachment continues to be a challenge for Midwestern land managers.  Whether it’s sumac in prairies, honeysuckle in the woodlands, or willows in our wetlands, brushy thickets drive down native … Continue reading

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Planting savanna by planting prairie first

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC The photo above shows mostly bur oaks growing in a prairie restoration. We planted the bur oaks in 2006, but first we planted prairie in 2001. This makes the start of a savanna. The … Continue reading

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Philip Juras: Picturing the prairie. A vision of restoration

By Bill Kleiman Philip Juras is a landscape painter with a show at the Chicago Botanic Garden, ending September 12, 2021.  His new book is Picturing the Prairie.  A vision of restoration.  I had a recent discussion with Philip about … Continue reading

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