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The Way of the Warrior Sedges

By Kevin Scheiwiller of Citizens for Conservation As many practitioners know, wetlands can be one of the most frustrating and resource demanding areas to restore. Countless wetland plantings have shown a large flush in native diversity in the first few … Continue reading

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Planting prairie #97 with the full monty

By Bill Kleiman, The Nature Conservancy The photo above is from this season of  a 2010 planting, our 97th at Nachusa Grasslands.  There is a lot of gayfeather and white indigo. Harder to see are the thimbleweed, coreopsis, lupine, various … Continue reading

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Propagating false toadflax, Comandra umbellata

by Bernie Buchholz, Steward at Nachusa Grasslands Bastard toad flax (Comandra umbellata) is a hemi-parasitic plant prominent in most of the remnant prairies at Nachusa Grasslands.  It is known to lightly parasitize most all of its neighbors.  Despite collecting thousands … Continue reading

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Baseline vegetation survey linked to photos

By Bill Kleiman For a recently protected tract I developed a baseline vegetation protocol that seems doable, statistically sound, understandable, and visual. First I created numbered sequential random points.  There is a way to get GIS to randomize these points … Continue reading

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Seed drier

by Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grassland Project Director At Nachusa we hand harvest with scissors and buckets several thousand pounds of seed from a few hundred species of plants.  When we bring in our seed it typically needs some time to … Continue reading

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2019 Illinois Prescribed Fires Summary

July 2018 through June 2019 Summary of Illinois Prescribed Fires Accomplished By Bill Kleiman with map work of Dave Holman Our Fire Council map of Illinois Prescribed Fires Accomplished highlights our fire community on one interactive map. Below, the speckles … Continue reading

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Adding seed

by Stephen Packard [Editor’s note:  For four decades Stephen Packard has been restoring a wide variety of sites.  His comments are notable, and blogposts are great.  I had asked Stephen for advice.   On a new acquisition, we are about to … Continue reading

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