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Can We Create a Copse of  Low Juneberry for a Remnant Restoration?

By Bernie Buchholz A thriving copse of low juneberry is an attractive feature on several remnant knobs at Nachusa Grasslands. These dense clusters of identical plants offer a strong visual contrast to the lovely chaos of diverse prairie surrounding them.   … Continue reading

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Tom Mitchell inducted into the hall of fame

By Bill Kleiman Tom Mitchell is famous. We all have fame within various sized communities in which we live. Tom is certainly known in Monroe Wisconsin as he was the captain of his high school basketball team when they won … Continue reading

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Prairie planting #135 Grist Mill unit

By Bill Kleiman The Nachusa Grasslands seasonal crew were led by Anna Scheidel and Matt Nugent. The Nachusa crew harvested, processed and planted enough seed to plant two units, including this 25 acres at Franklin Creek Natural Area, FCNA, which … 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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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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Planting #117 a success

By Bill Kleiman This 2015 planting at the Senger tract is awesome. 35 acres planted with 1,400 pounds of un-cleaned seed from 117 species. Below are some photos looking down. Above is purple milkwort (pink), western sunflower, wide leaved pussytoes, … Continue reading

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Nachusa prairie planting #133

This Fall we began the process to turn a retired agricultural field into a mosaic of wetlands, wet prairie, mesic and dry prairie. Below are the photos and maps of this work. At the end is a link to the … Continue reading

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