Tag Archives: Bill Kleiman

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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Beware what seed you buy

by Bill Kleiman You likely don’t know invasive Lespedeza daurica. I will tell you why in a bit. But it is similar to the invasive Lespedeza cuneata, but more likely found prostrate like the specimen I put in the pot … Continue reading

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Planting savanna by planting prairie first

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC The photo above shows mostly bur oaks growing in a prairie restoration. We planted the bur oaks in 2006, but first we planted prairie in 2001. This makes the start of a savanna. The … Continue reading

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Transline control of yellow sweet clover

By Bill Kleiman I have noticed with yellow sweet clover, Melilotus officinalis, that if I apply 1% Transline with a surfactant late in the bloom of yellow sweet clover that the clover appears to set some seed. We don’t want … Continue reading

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