Tag Archives: Bill Kleiman

When to manage against an invasive plant

Because one project is spraying invasive birdsfoot trefoil does that mean I should too? How to approach this question for birdsfoot trefoil, or any invasive plant. First gather information about an assumed invasive plant.  Look up websites, talk to managers … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Using cool image software to summarize a restoration project

We get so busy doing conservation that we often don’t report out on the work we accomplish.  Or we create a dry report and wonder if anyone reads it.  I was recently involved with a brush mowing project where we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Tender Truck for Rx Fire

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy If you manage grasslands you likely also do prescribed fire. I have been posting fire and fire equipment articles with the GRN because I also provide content for the Illinois Prescribed Fire … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Brush mowing

By Bill Kleiman The Middle Rock Conservation Partners have had a long winter and early spring of brush mowing.   MRCP purchased this large brush mower in early winter and have been working to keep the machine going. Above is the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Hay rakes for fire breaks – an equipment review

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 mower and mow two to four passes with the mower and make them wide … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Scaling up to mow brush

By Bill Kleiman Most natural areas have brush work to do.  Repeated use of prescribed fire keeps brush in check, but often a tract is purchased which has not had fire in a long time and the build up of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Demolition before restoration

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC Sometimes, before restoring habitat we first have to remove old buildings and  infrastructure. This Fall we closed on a tract of land with a house, two mobile homes, and three huge pole barns, a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Devil King by Bill Kleiman

King devil, Hieracium pratense, or H. caespitosum  is sometimes called field hawkweed. it is in the composite family. It is a weed and considered invasive by many managers, including yours truly.  Do not confuse this plant with native H. longipilum which blooms a few weeks after … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment