The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest

The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest

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Although less than 3 percent of the original vast landscape survives, the tallgrass prairie remains a national treasure, glowing with a vast array of colorful wildflowers in spring and summer, enriched by the warm reds and browns of grasses in fall and winter. This comprehensive manual, crafted by the staff of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa, will be an essential companion for everyone dedicated to planning, developing, and maintaining all types of prairie restorations and reconstructions in the tallgrass prairie region of Iowa, northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southwestern Wisconsin, southwestern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, northwestern Missouri, and northeastern Kansas.

Focusing on conservation plantings, prairie recovery, native landscaping in yards and at schools, roadside plantings, and pasture renovations, the authors—who collectively have more than a hundred years of experience with prairie restoration—have created a manual that will be particularly useful to landowners, conservation agency personnel, ecosystem managers, native-seeding contractors, prairie enthusiasts, teachers, and roadside managers. A wealth of color and black-and-white photographs taken in the field as well as checklists and tables support the detailed text, which also includes useful online and print sources and references, a glossary, and lists of common and scientific names of all plant species discussed.

The text is divided into five parts. Part I, Reconstruction Planning, provides an overall summary of the entire process, information about securing good-quality seed, and the design of seed mixes. In Part II, Implementing Reconstruction, the authors consider ways to prepare and seed the site, manage the site in its first growing season, identify seedlings, and evaluate success. Part III, Prairie Restoration and Management, deals with identifying and assessing prairie remnants, working toward a predetermined restoration goal, and managing restored prairie remnants and completed reconstructions, including prescribed burning. Chapters in Part IV, Special Cases, discuss the uses of prairie in public spaces, roadside vegetation management, and landscaping on a smaller scale in yards and outdoor classrooms. Part V, Native Seed Production, describes the processes of harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing native seed as well as propagating and transplanting native seedlings.

Although we cannot recreate the original blacksoil prairie, tallgrass prairie restoration offers the opportunity to reverse environmental damage and provide for the recovery of vital aspects of this lost ecosystem. Anyone in the Upper Midwest who wishes to improve water quality, reduce flood damage, support species diversity, preserve animal habitats, and enjoy the changing panorama of grasses and wildflowers will benefit from the clear, careful text and copious illustrations in this authoritative guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587299520
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Series: Bur Oak Guide
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Daryl Smith is the founding director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center and professor of biology and science education at the University of Northern Iowa. Dave Williams is the special projects coordinator at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Greg Houseal is the program manager for the Iowa Ecotype Project at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Kirk Henderson manages the University of Northern Iowa Roadside Program for the Tallgrass Prairie Center

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Why This Manual? / Daryl Smith Introduction: Returning Prairie to the Upper Midwest / Daryl Smith Part 1. Reconstruction Planning 1. Preparing and Planning for a Reconstruction / Daryl Smith 2. Seed Source and Quality / Greg Houseal 3. Designing Seed Mixes / Dave Williams Part 2. Implementing Reconstruction 4. Site Preparation / Dave Williams 5. Seeding / Dave Williams 6. First-Season Management / Dave Williams 7. Evaluating Stand Establishment and Seedling Identification / Dave Williams Part 3. Prairie Restoration and Management 8. Identifying and Assessing Remnants / Greg Houseal 9. The Restoration of Degraded Prairie Remnants / Daryl Smith 10. Prairie Management / Daryl Smith Part 4. Special Cases 11. Prairie in Public Places / Dave Williams 12. Roadsides and Other Erodible Sites / Kirk Henderson 13. Small Prairie Plantings / Kirk Henderson Part 5. Native Seed Production 14. Seed Harvesting / Greg Houseal 15. Drying, Cleaning, and Storing Prairie Seed / Greg Houseal 16. Propagating and Transplanting Seedlings / Greg Houseal Epilogue: The Future of Tallgrass Restoration / Daryl Smith Glossary Common and Scientific Names of Plants Mentioned in This Guide References Index

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