Developing a framework for evaluating tallgrass prairie reconstruction methods and management
The goal of this project is to improve the practice of prairie reconstruction by developing criteria by which success can be measured and related to reconstruction methodology. To achieve this goal, two teams of two botanists will document plant species present on previously reconstructed prairies at two national wildlife refuges, Neal Smith in Iowa and Glacial Ridge in Minnesota. This information will be used to evaluate the methods used on those reconstructions to determine which methods result in relatively greater presence of desirable planted prairie species and less invasion by exotic species. Field work is slated to begin in 2015.
Diane L Larson