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Oct122017

Impressive results from staged-scale restoration at Violet Prairie-Scatter Creek Preserve

Violet Prairie-Scatter Creek Preserve used to be a dairy farm and hay field before CNLM purchased it for conservation in 2014. Since then, we have been treating two acres at a time with strategic combinations of restoration treatments such as burning, selective herbicide, grazing and heavy native seeding. Thus far, the combination of burning, spring grass-specific herbicide, and sowing grasses and forbs post-burn (total of 24 species) has reduced non-native cover from 45% to 23% and established approximately 10 native species per square meter, reaching up to 75% cover in some areas.

 

Native plants populating the restored land.

 This practice, reinforcing findings from the regional ‘Collins Study’ (see the Collins Study Final Report), shows great promise in converting abandoned hayfields to native prairie in just a few years of concerted effort. We hope to maintain this level of diversity and native cover into the future, which provides resources for rare birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

Restored area on the left, untreated field on the right.

 

 

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