The Prairie Enthusiasts
29 October 2008 - 15:04
We’ve just learned of a great group operating in southern Illinois and Wisconsin — The Prairie Enthusiasts.
This group organizes itself into local chapters that locate and manage prairie remnants. They provide lots of hands-on work collecting and processing seed, planting, weeding, etc. They currently manage over 100 sites that cover over 4000 acres — owning outright 18 sites with 942 acres, conservation easements on over 800 acres more, and management agreements for the rest. They’ve planted over 500 acres in their reconstruction efforts. They also do educational projects (a newsletter, lectures, and fieldtrips) to spread the word.
Here is a nice news report about their activities.
In many ways, this is like the Dyck Arboretum’s Prairie Window Project on a much larger scale — multiplied by the “local chapter” structure.
This is truly an impressive effort that represents one model of what the “Remnant Prairies Association” might become in Kansas.