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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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Save the Date! Growing Through Change: Sourcing Climate-Resilient Seed in Ecological Restoration

Join us on September 15, 2020 for a virtual conversation about the importance of sourcing seed for ecological restoration with climate resilience in mind. All are welcome to join this virtual version of the Grassland Restoration Network annual meeting Short … Continue reading

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Rapid Assessment Monitoring, a video

By:  Julianne Mason, Restoration Program Coordinator, Forest Preserve District of Will County Stewards are busy people.  Fire work, weed work, seed harvesting, brush thinning. How can you also find time to assess how your restorations are coming along? Watch our … Continue reading

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Sweet clover control

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC In Nebraska, Chris Helzer of TNC, does no or little work against sweet clover.  Perhaps Nebraska is  dry enough that yellow and white sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis and M alba) are there but not … Continue reading

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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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