Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie


For no particular reason other than it’s a gloomy, cold mid-December day, I thought it would be good to share some bright, sunny photos from this summer of a spectacular prairie remnant in south-central Wisconsin.

Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera) and Western or naked sunflower (Hellianthus occidentals)

Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera) and Western or naked sunflower (Hellianthus occidentals). Photo by Steve Glass.

Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area is a high-quality dry-mesic prairie located just outside Black Earth, Wisconsin.   The approximately 17 acre prairie runs along a small knob or outcrop in the Wisconsin portion of the Driftless Area (non-glaciated landscape).  Although a portion of the site was disturbed by agriculture and other human activities, it survived largely intact as a remnant because it was too steep and rocky to plow.

Portions of Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie has been restored following  disturbances from human activities.

Portions of Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie have been restored following disturbances from human activities.  Photo by Steve Glass.

Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie is owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) and managed by members of the Empire-Sauk Chapter of TPE.

 

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The prairie stretches to the sky.

 

 

 

 

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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4 Responses to Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie

  1. Sandy says:

    Wow, thanks Steve. DOES cheer up a gloomy morning!

  2. Tom Brock says:

    Thanks for the post on Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie. As you may know, Kathie and I have been managing it since early 2000s, first for TNC and later for TPE. You might be interested in reading the post (link below) describing a mysterious dieback of Silphiums.
    http://pvcblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-arent-compass-plants-flowering-this.html

  3. Big Bluestem says:

    Hi Tom, you are welcome. Thanks for the link to your interesting blog post on compass plant flowering. Also thanks to you and Kathie for all the wonderful work you have done, and are doing, at Black Earth Rettemnund and also at Pleasant Valley Conservancy. I hope other readers check out your Pleasant Valley Conservancy web site: http://pleasantvalleyconservancy.org/index.html for information on work you are doing there.

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