Prairie Smoke News and Events

Prairie Smoke Annual Fall Picnic, Chester Woods, Sunday September 23, 2018, starting at 2:30 p.m.,

Starting with short prairie walk through Chester Woods. After the walk, Prairie Smoke will furnish barbecues, water, silverware, plates. Please bring a dish to pass. If you would like a different beverage please bring your own.

There will be a $5.00 day pass, a sign at entrance will let you know which picnic shelter we will be using.

Izaak Walton League and League of Women Voters gathering at Buck's Bar and Grill, September 26, 2018 starting at 2:00 p.m.

You are invited to a special meeting of the Izaak Walton League's Upper Mississippi River Initiative in partnership with the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region. This collaborative will use grassroots activism to better understand our degraded Mississippi, listen and learn from each other, and pursue actions to improve mutual water concerns. Your presence is requested and welcomed.  Reserve your spot by September 20.  RSPV: Jenn Wahls:

Buck's:  206 Bennett Ave, Minneiska, MN 55910

Prairie Smoke Burn Class, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Chester Woods Park Classroom.

Click here for the flyer with more information.

The Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC): October 15-18, 2018 Rochester Civic Center. For more information:

This is a biennial conference celebrating 10 years of connecting the invasive species management, research, and policy community. The Conference host organizations and organizing committees are pleased to join with the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA), celebrating its 25th year, to co-host the largest invasive species conference in North America at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN - October 15-18, 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for information on a volunteer program for individuals with restored prairies who are willing to look for insects utilizing native host plants.

Do you have an idea for a field trip? If so, please contact Barb Nigon:

Prairie Smoke now has t-shirts for sale.  Contact any Board member or attend an event. Long sleeve t-shirts will be $12 and short sleeved t-shirts will be $10.

Top 10 Tallgrass Prairie Facts

Jeff Nielsen of BWSR sends in the following facts on tallgrass prairie, compiled by Minnesota DNR:

1. Native tallgrass is the MOST ENDANGERED ecosystem in North America and the foundation of PERENNIAL POLYCULTURE. – Kansas University
2. Native prairie root systems are the BEST natural soil anchors on earth.
3. In one acre of established prairie there is 24,000 pounds of roots. – Iowa State University
4. One acre of established prairie can ABSORB 9 inches of rainfall per hour before runoff occurs. – University of Northern Iowa
5. One acre of established prairie will INTERCEPT as much as 53 tons of water during a one inch per hour rain event. – University of Nebraska, Lincoln
6. Prairie foliage represents a surface area of 5 to 20 times larger than the soil area beneath it. – University of Nebraska, Lincoln
7. Prairie planted in roadside ditches makes highways safer by INCREASING the holding capacity for snow in the ditch provided the shoulder is mowed. – MDOT.
8. Natural competition of prairie plants REDUCES the occurrence of weeds in an area. – Iowa State University
9. Greater prairie diversity, creates biotic barriers to PREVENT weed invasion. – University of Minnesota
10. One acre of reconstructed prairie can produce more bioenergy than land used to grow corn for ethanol. – University of Minnesota

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