The flush of new growth after a prairie is burned is the start of remarkable seasonal transformation, and we’ll follow the progress of this wonderful and inspiring prairie throughout the season with periodic photographic updates. On May 15 (when this photo was taken) shooting stars, and prairie smoke are flowering. There will be plenty more to see as the season goes on, because on average, for a prairie this size, at least one new plant will flower each week.
Friends and neighbors helped Sue Reindollar plant the prairie in 2001 and helped again to burn the prairie on April 7. The Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) website (on 05.16.11) features a photo of a community member igniting the fire.
The community has been active in planting, weeding, burning and managing the SW Commuter Bike Path since 2000. The Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association web site has a nice history of bike path plantings. This neighborhood association civic engagement is inspiring in itself.