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Good News for Pollinators: Increasing Native Habitat

Editor’s note:  Frequent media coverage on the critical state of pollinator populations – including butterflies and bees – has brought the importance of restoring native pollinator habitat to the attention of the public. And thankfully there has been a great response.  We talked recently with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck to get an update on what’s happening.   Interviewer:  Mike, can we talk a bit about pollinator habitat, especially for butterflies and bees?  I know this field is an extremely important one in terms of native landscape restoration....

July Means Collecting Seeds and Nuts for Native Trees & Shrubs

The month of July begins a transition time for our Boreal Natives’ tree and shrub production crew, as we start the process of wrapping up our planting of seedlings and plugs that we look forward to selling in the years ahead, to the collection of seeds and nuts that we will process into the transplants of the future. In the coming weeks we will concentrate on Amelanchier species (commonly referred to as Juneberries or serviceberries), Vaccinium species (lowbush blueberries), Cornus species (dogwoods), Prunus species (pin cherry, chokecherry, and sand cherry), and Symphoricarpus...

Early Summer Wildlife Encounters

Many of us here at Prairie Restorations know that early summer does not only mean the arrival of spring-time forbs and cool-season grasses. It also means the arrival of nesting waterfowl birds, upland game birds, and also the birth of many different species of animals. In the early part of June many different species of waterfowl take full advantage of our native prairies. From birds as small as the Blue-Winged Teal to birds as large as the Canadian Goose, they...

Where Do All of Those Seed Packets Come From?

Just like we are all used to reading labels on where our food comes from, if you see a seed packet without labeling, then be skeptical if it is ecologically appropriate for you. Upper Midwest residents reading this can see here a label with ecologically appropriate seed (within reason given light and soil moisture conditions).However, if you are reading this from Texas, California, or Maryland then this seed is not for you. For...

We’re Not Just About Prairie

Even though our name is Prairie Restorations, Inc., we’re really about more than prairies. Our aim is to restore native landscapes of all kinds, including shorelines and woodlands. We find that the biggest key to success is selecting the right species for each site. We only use species that are native to Minnesota and we have a large selection of species that grow in woodlands, uplands, shorelines and wetlands. When recommending species to customers we take great care to select those species that are native to your area...

Diversity…Diversity…Diversity

As I sit here at my desk, wondering what topic to talk about for my blog, I can’t help but reminisce of all the things I have learned, job tasks that I have been part of, people I have been able to work with and places I have been able to travel to. This will be my twenty-first year working at Prairie Restorations, Inc. so there are a lot of things I could talk about. Ultimately, it really comes down to what I am the most passionate about and that is high diversity...

Project with the National Wildlife Refuge to Restore Minnesota Oak Savanna

Prairie Restorations, Inc. Partners with the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge to Help Restore a Minnesota Oak Savanna Ecosystem Oak savannas once covered significant portions of the Upper Midwest, and it was a major part of the landscape pioneers encountered when they came to Minnesota in the 1800s. Unfortunately less the 2/100ths of a percent – or almost nothing – of that native ecosystem still exists today. What is a savanna?  It is a mixed ecosystem with scattered deciduous trees, with enough open...

2016 Midwest Solar Project of Distinction Winner Announced

Dairyland Power Cooperative, WI. Dairlyland Power Cooperative of Wisconsin, a partner we at Prairie Restorations, Inc. are proud to work with, was recognized as a winner of the Midwest Solar Projects of Distinction for their 14 new solar sites. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) recognized and awarded Dairlyland and their additional partners, SoCore Energy, Chicago; Faith Technologies Inc., Menasha, Wisconsin; and Distribu-Gen Cooperative, La Crosse, Wisconsin for the first large-scale deployment of single-axis tracker arrays in the state. Native and pollinator...

PRI In the News: Electric Co-Ops , Solar Sites & Pollinator Habitats

Native Prairie Plantings MNEarlier in 2016, the Minnesota state legislature gave their whole hearted support to solar energy farms that are pollinator-friendly.  And Prairie Restorations, Inc. is proud to be a part of some of these projects, such as the solar development by Great River Energy. A recent article in Fresh Energy focused on the connection between electric co-ops and native landscaping that provides a haven for pollinators such as bumblebees, monarch butterflies, honey bees, and foraging birds that also contribute to pollination.  PRI’s own CEO Ron Bowen was interviewed...

Books…The Prairie Manager’s Best Friend

Big BluestemOver the past few years my book collection has been steadily growing. It is comprised of taxonomy, botany, plant ID and natural history material. Out of my 25 or so books my favorite is Big Bluestem: A Journey Into The Tallgrass by Annick Smith. In the book Big Bluestem, Smith describes the history, biology, and future of the Nature Conservancy’s 39,000 acre tall grass prairie preserve near Pawhuska, OK. The preserve is managed by a small group of restorationists whose primary tools are prescribed burning and free-ranging bison....
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