Friends of Nachusa Grasslands PrairiE-Update
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February to July 2019
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During the past few months, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands bloggers have shared a variety of restoration experiences and insights. The Nachusa Grasslands Blog  ( had four posts written by guest authors, Leah Kleiman, Jessica  Fliginger, Riley Nylin, and Jenn Simons, and one from blog coordinator, Dee Hudson. Our editor is James Higby.
What's happening at Nachusa Grasslands? See excerpts from each post or click the titles to read the complete articles.
Successful Control of Amur Honeysuckle

Bill and Susan Kleiman and I are co-authors of a study recently published in the journal Ecological Restoration, titled “The Successful Control of Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle) with Basal Bark Herbicide” ( Our study looked at the efficacy of basal bark application, where a mineral oil solution of herbicide is sprayed in a 6-inch band on the bark without cutting the plant. Our study found 100% mortality with basal bark treatment.

By Leah Kleiman
Nachusa Grasslands Volunteer Crew Member
February 2019
A Step in the Right Direction: On the Move to Save an Endangered Turtle

I have been fortunate to spend the past two years working as a Blanding’s turtle field technician for Professor Dr. Rich King in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University. In an effort to promote recovery of the state-endangered species, he has been using radio telemetry as a tool to better understand which areas the turtles are utilizing so they can be protected and management plans to improve their habitat can be implemented.

By Jessica Fliginger
Nachusa Grasslands Blanding’s Turtle Field Technician
May 2019
Restoration Technician Crew 2019

The crew's spring and early summer tasks focused on controlling invasive species through spading and spraying, so that the weeds did not force out the beautiful native plants. We mainly tackled sweet clover, king devil, and bird’s foot trefoil.

Once the crew has hand-picked almost 275 species of seed and placed them in barrels to dry, there will be well over two tons of seed that will need to be dried, milled, and mixed. The crew will then get the honor of producing their very own planting for the year. This year the planting is a 63-acre lot that was previously used as agricultural land. At the end of this process, the 2019 crew will have covered a lot of ground in weed sweeps, seed collection, and new prairie!

By Riley Nylin
​Nachusa Grasslands Restoration Technician
June 2019
A New Grad Student Opportunity at Nachusa

Since May I’ve been assisting in collection, entry, and analysis of core ecological data for Nachusa while simultaneously collecting my own data. To answer my research questions, I’m leveraging twenty-two fenced plots (10mx18m) replicated across habitat types in the 1,500 acres of bison habitat that were designed and built by Bill Kleiman, Cody Considine, TNC staff, and collaborating scientists prior to the introduction of the bison in 2014. As opposed to keeping something inside a fenced in area, these fenced plots function as “exclosures” and keep bison outside the fenced area. Building on plant community data taken in 2014-15 and 2017-18, I’m collecting additional data to compare changes in the vegetation diversity, structure, and abundance along with soil compaction between grazed and ungrazed land over time.

By Jenn Simons
Nachusa Grasslands Science Extern​​
July 2019
Challenge Grant Is a Success!

Asian honeysuckle and autumn olive brush were quite thick throughout a 23-acre plot of Nachusa’s Orland Prairie. Ten years of mowing and burning these invasives had little effect, as the shrubs kept resprouting. As long as these invasive shrubs remained, the native plants were suppressed. In order to help restore Orland Prairie, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands applied for a stewardship grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The objective of the Community Stewardship Challenge Grant Program of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is to encourage increased community participation in the care of natural areas and wildlife habitat managed by non-profit organizations in Illinois. 

The grant provided support to Friends of Nachusa Grasslands in several ways: a Cash Donation Match Challenge, Volunteer Stewardship Challenge, Social Media Challenge, and Equipment Purchase Reimbursement. The total funds awarded were $30,577.

Friends of Nachusa Grasslands would like to thank Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for motivating and supporting our organization in this invaluable effort.

#CSgrantsIL #NAicecfdn

By Dee Hudson
Nachusa Grasslands Volunteer Steward
July 2019
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