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Seed Hammer Mill

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands TNC This is a hammer mill used to break apart seed heads of all sorts of native seeds. The mill is under the red housing which has spinning hammers inside.  It has a galvanized chute … Continue reading

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UTV tanks for prescribed fire

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC I hope you all don’t mind another fire equipment post. UTV skid unit tanks:  The best part of a Utility Vehicle is its mobility on prescribed fires.  In my humble opinion 50 gallons of … Continue reading

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Fire, Rubus and Geranium

By Bill Kleiman In a closed canopy oak woods we have been doing annual fire for a long time.  The Rubus allegheniensis, common blackberry is slowly fading in stature and density, while the wild geranium, G maculatum, has become abundant.  … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip. Is it invasive or just a weed?

By Bill Kleiman, The Nature Conservancy at Nachusa Grasslands Pastinaca sativa, wild parsnip lives two years, with flower and seed set on year two. Every June you will find us mowing it somewhere on the preserve, as this is when … Continue reading

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Prescribed fire pumper units

by Bill Kleiman, The Nature Conservancy, Nachusa Grasslands At Nachusa Grasslands we use several vehicle mounted water sprayers on our fires.  We call them “pumper units”.  Photo above is a crew about to start their test ignition.   You don’t see … 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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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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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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Basal bark application on honeysuckle part 1

Basal bark works.  Applying brush herbicide with a mineral oil carrier allows the herbicide to be sprayed on the bark.  The mix absorbs into the basal cells of the bark where all the action occurs in a tree or shrub.  … Continue reading

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Sometimes we wait

By Bill Kleiman Recently I wrote how it could be a good thing to use a tractor applied boom spray across a failed restoration to return it to grass. But there is the other way too, waiting. Fourteen years ago we … Continue reading

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