A season in the Nebraska prairies, Part 1

Part 1 in a series of posts and photos showing my time here in Nebraska working as a Restoration and Stewardship Field Assistant for Prairie Plains Resource Institute. “The beauty here is often subtle.  It doesn’t knock you off your feet at a glance the way the snow-capped Colorado Rockies or the rugged coastline of […]

Silphium

The following is excerpted from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, 1949 Oxford University Paperback, pp. 44-46, 1968. *                     *                     * Every July I watch eagerly a certain country graveyard that I pass in driving to and from my farm. It is time for a prairie birthday, and in one corner of this graveyard […]

Black Hills regional pictorial

A quick family trip to the Black Hills was taken last week.  Seed collection season at work isn’t in full swing just yet, so I was able to squeeze some time in for this.  One thing that worried me was seeing such an abundance of Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis), Timothy-grass (Phelum pratense), and Orchardgrass (Dactylis […]

Burn season, Part 2

The longer and colder than normal spring has extended our burn season by several weeks.  Currently, we are projected to be burning into mid to late May, and according to the tentative prescribed burn list, we still have 6 burns scheduled.  If the weather pattern changes soon and in favor of our prescriptions, then our […]

Prescribed burn video – Missouri’s Tucker Prairie

Prairies that were spared by devastating plow are rare, so getting to witness prescribed fire in a remnant prairie is a step back in time; despite all the modern day wildland fire equipment used.  Grasslands, prairies especially (reconstructed or remnants), cannot exist without fire.  Without repeating myself too much, that is all I have to […]