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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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UN Decade on Restoration special issue

By Elizabeth Bach, Ecosystem Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy Ecosystem restoration is a critical tool to reduce biodiversity loss, combat climate change, improve ecosystem functioning, and support human health and well-being. In recognition of restoration’s role in meeting multiple global … Continue reading

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Seed Collection Guide

by Kelly Schultz, Lake County Forest Preserves and Volunteer Steward Dale Shields. The story on how these came about, in the words of Dale Shields…. A few years ago, after I started volunteering at the Lake County Native Seed Nursery, … Continue reading

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A SURGICAL APPROACH TO PHRAGMITES CONTROL

by Bryon Walters Phragmites australis, Common or Giant Reed, can be a very problematic invasive in wetlands and wet prairies. If left unchecked, it can form large monoculture, impenetrable jungles 6-10’ high. Usually nothing else will grow under the dense … Continue reading

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Registration open for September 15 virtual GRN sponsored workshop

Here is the Event Brite registration for this free workshop: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/Jar5CBBXvgIZQJGjIz7dZ5?domain=eventbrite.com

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Does over-seeding prairie plantings work?

By Bill Kleiman, Project Director of Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy Have you planted seed into an already established prairie planting, trying to increase floral diversity?  You had that warm hopeful feeling. Those tiny seeds in your hand soon to … Continue reading

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