Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Good Prairie, Bad Prairie

How does one know if an ecological restoration area is a good prairie or a bad prairie? And frankly, what is “good” and what is “bad”? [Read more…]

Woodland Restoration Efforts

We bought additional acreage in 2012 and this summer the work in the woods begins. The additional land consists of 12 acres of prairie and about 2 acres of woods. These woods are adjacent to the other 3 acres we bought in 2005. Below are a couple of photos before any work began. [Read more…]

The Hard Edges

Edges are hard!!!  From a management perspective, the edges are never finished. Of all the things on our TO DO list, monitoring and maintaining the edges are a constant. [Read more…]

Reaping What You Sow

It’s that time!!! Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons….seed collecting being one of them!  Not only do I love collecting the seeds, but I love cleaning them, sorting them, and weighing them. The whole process of gathering seeds to disseminate to other places is exciting!! [Read more…]

Prescribed Burns – Woods and Prairie

We completed our first prescribed burn in our woods and prairie this year! We spent several days preparing for this by clearing trees that fell during the winter. We used a backpack blower to clear around snags, trees, and the 2 brush piles we’re keeping for habitat purposes. We also mowed and blew a firebreak between our property and the neighboring property. [Read more…]