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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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25 Drums, 1 Applicator, 1 Sprayer & 1 Winter

By Bryon Walters, conservation contractor This past Winter I have applied 375 gallons of a 20% solution of Triclopyr 4 mixed with basal oil in 10 different natural areas. All of it, 2 ½ gallons at a time on my … Continue reading

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Remote Automated Weather Station

By Dale Maxson, Eastern Iowa Land Steward – TNC With many facets of land stewardship, our daily course of action revolves around weather and our ability to understand its patterns and influence on the world around us.  This is especially … Continue reading

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Save the date: 2020 Grassland Restoration Network Workshop

The Barrington area, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is home to large expanses of natural areas fragmented by urban sprawl. The Barrington Greenway Initiative is comprised of multiple conservation organizations , is working to restore and and works … Continue reading

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Launch of Ecological Solutions and Evidence and Applied Ecology Resources

By Elizabeth Bach and Holly Jones Winter can be a great time to reflect on ecosystem stewardship practice and explore management questions for the upcoming growing season. There are many ways to learn from each other in this field: talking … Continue reading

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Native Seed Exchange

by Joshua Clark, Natural Resource Manager, DeKalb County Forest Preserve, IL On December 13th the Northern Illinois Native Seed Network held its 5th annual native seed exchange and potluck. In the 5 years since its inception the group has grown … Continue reading

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Scaling up to mow brush

By Bill Kleiman Most natural areas have brush work to do.  Repeated use of prescribed fire keeps brush in check, but often a tract is purchased which has not had fire in a long time and the build up of … Continue reading

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