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Pest shields

By Bill Kleiman The black flies of the Simuliidea emerged this week and congregate in the woods, especially areas with low wind. They will be a nuisance for a few weeks. And ticks are occasional. Mosquitos will be here soon. … Continue reading

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Nachusa Prescribed fire Summary Report, Fall 2022 through Spring 2023

by Bill Kleiman The full report with more images and incites is here: https://www.nachusagrasslands.org/uploads/5/8/4/6/58466593/nachusa_fire_report_fall_2022_through_spring_2023_2_opt.pdf American beak grass has greatly increased in a woodland unit we have burned frequently for two decades.  The brush layer is diminished, and the oak and … Continue reading

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Oak woods management: a short list of descriptions of how and why we manage oak woods with fire and thinning.

Assembled by Bill Kleiman If you have suggestions for this list please simply add them in comments or email me. Let the Sun Shine In is a program that is helping inspire the recovery of oak ecosystems  https://www.letthesunshinein.life/oak-forest-system/ Oak Savannas.org … Continue reading

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Photo monitoring results

By Bill Kleiman On the left is the Hill Site owned and managed by the Middle Rock Conservation Partners. On the right is how the left used to look before a brush mower did a lot of work, followed up … Continue reading

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Hay rakes for fire breaks – an equipment review with November 2022 updates

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 rotary mower or a flail mower and mow two to four passes with the … Continue reading

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Weed sweeping with a tractor

By Bill Kleiman For years I have been using a small 30 hp tractor to cruise around grassland habitats looking for weed occurrences. The foot crews will be working with backpacks in certain areas and I will be off solo … Continue reading

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Monitoring vegetation with GIS Field Maps

By Bill Kleiman Arc GIS Field Maps, known previously as Collector, is a powerful phone app. The app is free, but you do need a GIS online program to run it, which typically means you need your employer to support … Continue reading

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Invasive Reed canary grass control

By Bill Kleiman As described in Plants of the Chicago Region, “Phalaris arundinacea, reed canary grass, is introduced from Eurasia. This grass is planted by farmers for pasture and erosion control. It is very common in marshes and other moist … Continue reading

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Twenty years of tallgrass prairie restoration in northern Illinois, USA

by Elizabeth Bach, Research Scientist at Nachusa Grasslands This blog originally appeared in The Applied Ecologist blog on Dec. 7, 2021. The challenges facing our planet can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. Climate is changing, biodiversity is declining, people are struggling … Continue reading

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New seed room

Above is our new stewardship building at Nachusa Grasslands. The left half, with the lower roof height, is the seed room and science prep room. A few years back we ran out of room in our old HQ timber frame … Continue reading

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