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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Peter/Outlaw

This looks like a lot more fun than mowing and raking. How wonderful to have such restored prairie areas in your urban setting.

Linda from Each LIttle World

Prairies, Oak trees and cockspur Hawthornes are the sure signs you are in southern Wisconsin. Georgraphically there is a slanted line that splits Wisconsin: On one side we are the eastern most edge of the tall grass prairie and on the other side we are the western edge of the hardwood forest. A beautiful landscape in either direction.

ceci

We're headed for South Dakota later in the spring and I am very much looking forward to visiting some prairie sites, having never seen that kind of terrain. As well as the Badlands and so on which I'm told will be more obviously exciting. Didn't know about the burning aspect of prairie maintenance, but it makes sense. I wonder what the impact on small animals and insects is? Some research in my future, clearly.

ceci

Linda from Each LIttle World

Interesting question and one I've never thought about. In a managed prairie they burn to control invasive plants etc and I think animals and pets would be considered. I tend to think of prairies as homes to buffalo and prairie dogs both of which could survive based on speed/underground habitat.

Kris P

Controlled burns are used in California too and have been recommended by some experts to manage forest areas where trees have been killed off by drought. It's controversial, though, as controlling the spread of such fires remains a concern.

Lisa at Greenbow

What an awesome sight seeing a prairie burn. Our area was a forest way back when. The Prairie started just across the river from us. I would loved to have seen the forest where the squirrels didn't ever have to touch the ground to get around.

Linda from Each LIttle World

I wonder if there were more squirrels then or now. Seems like so many in the garden all the time that I can't imagine more of them!

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