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Importance of Natives & Diversity

walmart 010 (2)I had recently taken a trip to northern Minnesota to our family cabin. It isn’t located on a lake, but 1.5 miles back into the woods. Peace and quiet – nature at its best. The land consists of multiple acres that contain oak savannas, mature oak forest, wetlands, and creeks. There are also multiple lakes in the area. A lot of this area has minimal disturbance and is about 99.9% native vegetation cover. I have grown to appreciate pieces of property like this as I know their importance and...

Wrapping Up End of Year Projects

PluggingIIOur fall “push” is upon us and we are all very busy seeding and planting before the ground freezes and the snow begins to fly. It is always fun to look back on what we as a team here at PRI have accomplished so far this season: • Many pounds of seed have been harvested, processed, mixed and packed for our various customers. • Thousands of plants/shrubs were grown from seed for us to sell and use to enhance our own restoration projects. • Hundreds of...

Shoreline Restoration by SCSU Seniors

capstone2 (2)Recently, a group of seniors at St. Cloud State University completed their Senior Capstone project for their Environmental and Technological Studies class.  They chose to tackle a shoreline buffer restoration project along the Mississippi river near the hydro-dam in St. Cloud.  PRI helped them with the restoration plan as well as with a seed donation.  Here are a couple photos of the project.  The first is a picture of the students working on the project and 2nd is the completed project, along with a project summary written by one of...

Native Plants Benefiting Waterfowl and Upland Birds

mallardAs summer seems to be starting in much of the state, here in Boreal Native’s country in Northeastern Minnesota nature is still playing catch-up after a long and snowy winter.  While steelhead are still running in the rivers up the north shore and the Juneberries (Amelanchier ssp.) are finally blooming, preparations for the year have been long in the making.  Seed field production plans are being put in motion, grass and wildflower species that were seeded in February are now potted into six packs and 4” pots ready...

Greetings, What started out as an above average spring temperature-wise has turned around and cooled down. This has given cool season weeds an advantage over many of the warm season prairie plants that are typically used on our projects.   However, in looking at projects that were seeded last year, most of what I have been seeing looks very good.  Both the young grass and flowers seedlings are looking quite strong. In the last couple of years, there seems to have been somewhat of a shift when compared to the typical projects I have...

Native Landscaping for Healthier Minnesota Lakes and Rivers

With spring arriving and the fishing opener just a week away, it is a great time to talk about water quality and the positive effects that native ecosystems can have.  Native plant communities do a great job of filtering nutrients, pollutants, and sediment out of runoff before it can get into the nearest lake or stream.  This helps to reduce algae blooms, excessive weed growth and sedimentation.  Clean water in our lakes and streams provides us with better recreational opportunities and also...

For the love of words…

There have been many who have strung thoughtful words together for all of us and those to follow.  For your consideration and inspiration in these still challenging times, here are some of my favorite quotes. From Barry Lopez come these six quotes, all found in Arctic Dream. “In behaving respectfully toward all that the land contains, it is possible to imagine a stifling ignorance falling away from us.” “The land urges us to come around to an understanding of ourselves.” “How gently is the sparrow held...

Invasive Species Conference: Spread the word, not the plants!

For those interested in the frustrating, fascinating and frightening world of invasive species, the 2010 Invasive Species Conference is the place to be.  For the first time ever, entities from Minnesota and Wisconsin are combining their efforts to put on the best invasive species conference to date.  The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul on November 8-10. The purpose of the conference is to exchange information that will ultimately help attendees learn more about...

Shoreline Restoration at UMD

  This summer, our Boreal Natives crew is completing the next step of a shoreline restoration project on Rock Pond, part of UMD’s 55-acre Bagley Nature Area.  The project entails management of invasive species and the utilization of plants native to the Duluth area to create a diverse, natural buffer that will help protect the water quality of the pond. The pond welcomes visitors entering the Nature Area and also serves as the central ‘hub’ of its popular...

Restoring Native Plant Communities in St. Louis Park

In the winter of 2008 and summer of 2009, Prairie Restorations, Inc. was involved with an important and unique restoration project for Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.  The Minnehaha Creek, where it runs through the hospital grounds, was re-meandered in order to more closely resemble its original course.  Many years ago, streams were often straightened in order to more efficiently drain water from the land for farming and development purposes.  By adding the curves back in (re-meandering), the water flow is slowed, naturally allowing pollutants and sediment to...
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