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Bringing Back The Prairie

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Emma Turbyville

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Bringing Back The Prairie

Three Questions
The majority of a prairie plant's biomass is located where?
Why are prairies important?
What are the two factors that go into restoring a prairie?
Bringing Back The Prairie
Environmental Conditions
intense sunlight, late spring snows, and high winds are extreme environmental conditions
2/3 of a prairie plants is contained underground in its roots which helps the plant take one the extreme conditions
The roots of the plant help take in nutrients and water from soil.
The buds on the roots help regrowth a fire burns the top of the plants
Why are Prairies Important?
They are a part of our heritage in the Midwest, and they create productive soils
They provide wildlife habitat for animals
Because of their roots are so huge, they prevent erosion while rebuilding worn out soil
Since there is only less than 0.1% of prairies that remain, it is crucial to begin restoring and reconstructing prairies back to their original condition
How To Restore Back To Prairie
Reconstructing: starting with bare soil
Rehabilitating: starting on land that already has some species
Restoration includes reconstructing and rehabilitating
Removing invasive species, woody vegetation (hard tissues)
Physically removing with saws, burning, hand weeding, and mowing

Soil is important in returning the land back to prairie.
Moisture is also very important, it helps determine what type of prairie plants should be used in restoration: dry, mesic, or wet.
Let the area lie fallow (not planted) for a year for it to restore and to observe any plant problems or any dangerous species
Then you can start planting seeds
What is a Prairie?
A community of grasses, animals, and microorganisms
They range from short grass (which grows less than a foot tall), to tall grass (which grows up to seven feet)
There are three types of prairies: Dry, mesic, and wet.
These types of prairies depend on how much moisture they can get, such as in the amount of rainfall and some that is available in the soil.
Restoring The Prairie
"Ecology College: Prairie Management." Ecology College: Prairie Management. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013.
"Landscaping with Native Plants." : Minnesota DNR. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013.

Damaged Prairie
Restored Prairie
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