Boots On The Ground Conservation

Our mission is to restore and manage native grasslands.

Manage for Rare Species or Species Diversity?

Imagine this situation:  

You’re put in charge of managing a tallgrass prairie with thriving populations of several rare plant species. The prairie is located in a highly fragmented landscape dominated by rowcrop agriculture. The prairie has been managed with frequent spring burning for many years, and the populations of those rare plants has been pretty stable for at least the last couple of decades.

As you take over, the previous manager tells you she’d recently been considering management changes that might increase overall plant and animal diversity but would likely reduce the population sizes of some rare plant species. You have to decide whether to stick with the existing management regime or try something different.  

What would you do? Read more...

Grassland Restoration Network Workshop at Konza

A discussion in front of cardinal flower and a restored wetland during the 2016 Grassland Restoration Network at The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies.

Each year the Grassland Restoration Network has a workshop to share ideas, techniques, research results, and stories about grassland restoration.  This year the workshop will be held at Konza Prairie (Manhattan, Kansas) on July 11-12, 2017.  This workshop will be a grand opportunity to learn from the intensive and impressive array of prairie research going on at this Kansas State University research site.  You can find more information about Konza here, here, and here.

More detail information about the workshop will be available in April. The workshop has limited space and priority will be given to people actively working on, or studying, large scale prairie restoration.

Agalinis, Not Agalinus

Large-yellow false-foxglove

Often called "false foxgloves" (which is true but irrelevant) the Agalinus species are variously bold, rare and rather unknown. I prefer the name "bellflax" which is a direct translation of the genus name.

You can read all about Agalinus in southeast Wisconsin, here...