Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature Inspires Awe!


Life is interesting! So much to learn!!

Land management activities and techniques for native habitat restoration are endless and diverse! Many of them combine art with science which means lots and lots of interesting things are happening here at the Driftless Prairies. It seemed a shame to keep them to ourselves, hence the creation of this site. We have a great time learning about the world around us and experimenting with new things.  Life truly is a journey!

We have 4 restored prairies and 5 acres of woods which we have cleared of invasive trees and plants (and continue to monitor), and we planted another 12 acres of prairie on December 13, 2014, after two years of preparing the land. Land management is so much work but so much fun!!

In January 2008, we planted the first prairie and since we have referred to it as the 5-Acre Prairie for years, that’s what we named it! In 2010, we planted the Berry Prairie, a 3.5 acre area. It is so named because there were native berry bushes along the edge, which inspired us to plant a few more.  We are calling our newest prairie the Deer Camp Prairie because it it between two areas set aside for hunting.

Most of our work is in ecological restoration and land management but we also have homesteading tendencies. We have bee hives on the property, we garden, we make soap & lotion, we forage, and we cook & can. Our homesteading tendencies stem from our desire to have quality products with natural ingredients and as an offshoot of the restoration work.

Our restoration work includes many aspects, one being plant propagation.  We have successfully propagated several threatened and endangered species and have introduced them back to the land. This is part of our land management plan; decrease the invasive species and increase biodiversity. This simple one-sentence plan has been a very effective at keeping us focused and on track.

This work will be a labor of love for years to come. I hope you can learn from our journey and if you post comments, we hope to learn from you as well!

Two of the prairies in bloom, July 2015

Two of the prairies in bloom, July 2015