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Words from the President

It's morning on the first day of summer. I am late writing these "words" as I have been working with one of our crews planting at a solar site. We have been doing a lot of that lately and will be for the weeks to come.


Planting pollinator seed mixes in solar fields represents a great opportunity for PRI. We are establishing what will eventually add up to thousands of acres of valuable native plant habitat and in most cases, in places where there was little or no habitat before planting.

Abandoned gravel pits, ag lands, old fields, and even capped landfills are being covered with millions of energy producing panels that are quiet and clean and in between all those panels it turns out you can plant native flowers and grasses. What a win-win! Energy for our cities and milkweeds for monarchs. Just yesterday at the project I was working on, there already were hundreds of insects that had found the squares of two year old prairie sod that we had installed. Butterflies and bees of many sizes, colors, and shapes all doing what they do and in just a matter of days. How amazing is that and what an opportunity to get it right.   For PRI solar is exciting.

Of course all of our other projects are extremely important. Our staff has had numerous internal discussions about the demands and balance of our work. We are completely committed to maintaining the highest priority for every project, and will continue to work to restore native plant communities where ever we can. Our mission has not changed in the slightest. It's just that there is more to do and we keep telling ourselves that this is a good problem to have. Please help us by communicating any concerns about or needs for your projects. As always, your efforts will have an impact on the condition of your plant community.

That's all for now. Happy solstice and we are glad to have you on the team.

Respectfully,

Ron Bowen
PRI President

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