Category Archives: Prairie restoration

Emily Dickinson Offers Advice on Prairie Restoration

Those of us who restore prairies—or plant new ones from scratch—continue to debate, research, and discuss the proper way to go about it. What are our goals? Should we strive for complete restoration that matches, species-by-species, our image of virgin … Continue reading

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Fall Color of the Prairies and Savannas

It’s not too late to enjoy the beauty of fall on the prairie, savanna, or oak woodland near you.  The prairie does not produce the brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the northern forest, but rather has a more quiet … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon Outing With The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 7, 2017 Madison, WI–Last Sunday afternoon was a picture perfect day in southern Wisconsin–clear skies, warm breezes, and low humidity.   It was also a wonderful day to spend with fellow prairie enthusiasts, literally on top of the world, … Continue reading

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Ray Schulenberg Planted the Prairie at Taylor University

Last month I spent a few days in Indiana and took the opportunity to visit Taylor University in Upland, Indiana to see and photograph its famous prairie planted by Ray Schulenberg.  I had seen the prairie many years earlier but … Continue reading

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The Roots of Prairie Restoration in the Midwest

The work of these scientists and practitioners, which was literally and figuratively groundbreaking, laid down a fertile path that resulted in the emergence of not only the UW-Madison Arboretum’s John T. Curtis Prairie, but also the practice of ecological restoration. Continue reading

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The Fall Colors of the Prairies and Savannas

Here are some of my favorite images of fall on restored and remnant prairies of the upper midwest. Fall color on Wisconsin’s prairies and savannas is more subtle, and less dramatic than the flaming colors of a northern Wisconsin forest; … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays and a Peaceful, Healthy New Year

Thanks to each of you who this year have helped to restore the prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands throughout Madison, Dane County, and Wisconsin.  Your individual and collective restoration work made a significant and beneficial difference to Wisconsin’s urban and rural … Continue reading

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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. Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State … Continue reading

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Two Prairies–Pioneers of Ecological Restoration

Curtis Prairie in Madison, and Aldo Leopold’s Prairie near Baraboo, both in Wisconsin are among the earliest attempts that scholars know of to restore a complete ecosystem of any type and are almost certainly among the earliest prairie restoration projects … Continue reading

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