In Texas the beloved and common indicator of springtime’s arrival is the Bluebonnet. The wildflower is also the hallmark of spring road trips in the state. There are six species of these members of the genus Lupine in the state and all are considered to be the state flower (state law also grants that any […]
In the days of the old prairie, its perennial members reveled in dormancy and cast their seeds with a starry eye and a mind full of hope toward the next vernal season. Returning each growing season only from seed, those with a monocarpic life cycle, such as the obligate annuals, have no rooted memory of […]
In the summer of this year, Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), for the first time ever, has become the latest exotic member of the flora of Texas. Its seeds arrived as a contaminant of a wild harvest originating in the Central or Northern Great Plains, which was purchased by a Texas-based seed dealer. This introduction has […]
The Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration has made available the presentations from the 2014 joint conference (TXSER and SW Chapter). They can be found here. Be aware that some of these PDF files are large and may take awhile to load. There are also many photos from the conference on the TXSER […]
Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people. Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated […]
As I leave Nebraska and make my way back south for the short term, I wave goodbye to the tall and mixedgrass prairies, goodbye to the sunsets and thunderstorms of the Great Plains, and goodbye to the coming fall, whose soul-stirring winds are carried in on roving, sweeping fronts from the north. Here is to […]
Part 2 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. Part 1 can be read here.
I recently read author Philip Connor‘s latest published essay, “Smoke”, and as usual, it’s a great read. Connors is currently in his 11th season as a fire lookout, stationed in a Civilian Conservation Corps-era fire tower in the Black Range of the Gila National Forest near Kingston, New Mexico. Suffice it to say, he has a […]
The following essay is reprinted from Grass Roots: The Universe of Home by Paul Gruchow. A big thank you goes to Milkweed Editions for granting me permission to use this wonderful essay.
My post below is in no way meant to “stir things up” or otherwise act as some kind of definitive answer as to what has happened. Like anyone else, I am curious, and we, the public, have just as much right to know what happened as does the wildland firefighting community. Articles like the ones […]