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Words from the President

The winter solstice has arrived, which of course marks the longest night and shortest day of the year – at least here in the northern hemisphere. The opposite is occurring in the southern hemisphere where today is the summer solstice. The actual solstice marks the precise moment when the north pole is pointed farthest away from the sun on the 23.5 degree tilt of Earth’s axis and is the same for everyone on the planet. Historically the solstice has been a time of celebration and ritual, with different cultures celebrating in different ways. Examples would include Saturnalia in ancient Rome, the Feast of Juul in Scandinavia, Santo Tomas in Guatemala, and of course Christmas in much of the western world. Today, while many celebrations are happening across the globe, the solstice is also considered the start of winter - though for those of us in the upper Midwest we know winter often comes much sooner than the solstice.

The beginning of winter marks a significant shift in work, both at PRI and for much of the ecological restoration world, out of the growing season and traditional field work and in to frozen ground work removing invasive trees and shrubs in the woods and working on streambank restorations while stream flow is typically at its lowest. Much of our service staff is out doing this work in addition to reviewing last year’s work and beginning to plan for the 2019 growing season so we can hit the ground running when spring arrives. Meanwhile our products department is busy cleaning and testing seed and preparing seed for germination to ultimately turn in to our potted plants for the upcoming season. Our sales staff is busy securing work to ensure a busy 2019 and beyond for our company.

While most of us are caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and other daily activities, I think it is vital that we all take time to celebrate in whatever way we see fit and to be thankful for all that we have in our lives over this holiday season. I consider myself lucky to be part of a business that does so much good for the world and has so many amazing people to work with. On a personal level, I am thankful for my amazing wife, wonderful 2 young children, my always supportive parents and brother and all the rest of my family and friends and look forward to celebrating with them over the next couple of weeks. I hope each of you can take the time to celebrate and be thankful for the wonderful things in your lives over the holiday season. Happy Holidays to you and yours and we’ll see you in the new year!

Thank you,

Jeff West
Prairie Restorations, Inc.

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