The Central Iowa
will be the 12th CIPN Winter meeting and it’s making a move to
the new Jester Park Lodge in northwest Polk County.
Last year’s meeting proved there was a need for more space than
available at the Ames Library. The
Lodge will provide abundant room and a wonderful view of the outdoors.
Come early so you can look around and explore the area.
building will be open at noon for registration, bidding on silent auction
items, coffee and visiting. The program will start at 1:00 with a number of short
informational and update topics of 5 to 10 minutes each, the presenters will
be available to talk with people during the breaks. Bill Johnson, DNR Wildlife
biologist, will share information about their program to increase native plant
diversity in restoration plantings on state wildlife areas.
Bill is responsible for the native seed harvest, nursery plantings, and
seed dispersal. The project has proved beneficial for the DNR and the
correctional facility inmates who have been involved helping with the seed
harvest and nursery plantings. We
will also have a demonstration and discussion on vouchering plant samples by
Deb Lewis, curator of the Ada Hayden Herbarium at ISU. The meeting will wrap up around 4:00 with a Carl Kurtz slide
show titled “Prairie Details”.
will be breaks during the afternoon to give you time to look at the displays,
talk with the presenters, bid on silent auction items, and visit.
who would like to stay longer are encouraged to bring a food item (purchased
or home made) for a casual meal following the main meeting. Food will be set
out around 4:30 and those present can continue to visit while they eat. Disposable table service will be available.
The Lodge has a full kitchen so hot and cold foods should not be a
will be the third year for our silent auction.
The project to receive the money has not been selected as of this
printing. A number of ideas are
being considered. If you know of
a project you’d like to suggest or would like to donate items for the
auction see the silent auction article on page 2 for contacts.
The $800 auction proceeds in 2000 went to The Iowa Natural Heritage
Foundation for the Effigy Mounds Heritage Addition acquisition.
In 2001 the auction raised $2200 to help The Iowa Nature Conservancy
purchase the Gray-Hart Memorial Preserve.
you have a display or information
you’d like to share with the group contact Lloyd Crim at 515-432-5026 or
email@example.com to reserve a table.
the meeting needs to be canceled due to bad weather we will try to make the
decision by 10:30 am. Call Trish
at 515-382-2802 if you want to check.
to Jester Park Lodge:
#1 - From I-35 and
I-80 on the northwest
of Des Moines take the Grimes/Highway 141 exit north - after Hwy 141 turns west after crossing Beaver Creek turn right or north on NW 121 St. till it T's into NW 118 Ave. - go east or to the right staying to the left of the native grass planting at the triangle. At the stop sign, proceed straight ahead down the hill toward the reservoir. The lodge is at the end of the road.
#2 - If coming from the north on Highway 17 you can go south to highway 141 then east and follow previous directions or north of Granger turn east on NW 122 Ave. till you T into NW 128 St. There will be a planted prairie directly in front of you. Turn right and follow the road around a curve and past the golf course to the grassy triangle mentioned above.
#3 - If you are coming from the Ankeny/Polk City side of the reservoir: Cross the reservoir on the mile-long bridge west of Polk
City. When you reach the stop sign on the west side turn right and
follow NW 106th Ave west for 1.5 miles to NW 121 St. then turn right or north
until it T's with NW 118 Av and follow the instructions for #1.
of the CIPN Silent Auction, M & M, the Silent Auctioneers, have been busy
planning the 2002 Silent Auction to be held at the CIPN winter meeting.
Molly McGovern and Marlene Ehresman request your participation in a
couple of ways in order to ensure the continuing success of this great fun(d)
raising event. If you would like to donate an item, we would love to include
it in the auction. Past auction tables have been lined with items such as
prairie seed, art prints, tools, books, honey, wine, gift certificates, bird
feeders/houses, etc. and have ranged from expensive to not and used to new.
Some of the items have been purchased just for donation to the auction, others
are treasures from the home, and others have been donated by local/regional
businesses/organizations when solicited by the planning committee members. The
more we have to bid on, the more fun it is and the more money we raise!
possible, please contact Molly or
Marlene at least a few days prior to January 19th so they can create a
bidding sheet for your donated item. Otherwise, just bring your item to the
CIPN Winter Meeting by noon on Saturday the 19th. The other way you can
participate is to come to the meeting and help continue a great tradition by
bidding on the items of your choice. It’s fun and the proceeds always go to
a good cause! Contact Molly McGovern at 515/957-9335 or Marlene Ehresman at
515/288-1846 (w) or 296-2995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
years ago Mary Jane Hatfield led the effort to hold the first Central Iowa
Prairie Network silent auction. The $800
raised at that auction went toward the acquisition of the Heritage
Addition (aka Kistler or Ferguson Tract) to Effigy Mounds National Monument (EFMO)
and on December 15, 2000, the 1,045-acre addition expanded the existing EFMO
by 60 percent. More significantly, it connected EFMO and a unit of the Yellow
River State Forest, putting more than 4,000 contiguous acres under public
protection, including 7.8 miles of Yellow River.
June 9, INHF and Effigy Mounds National Monument hosted a dedication of the
addition. The event coincided with EFMO’s Native American Weekend and
included American Indian dances, presentations, and guided hikes and boat
tours through the Heritage Addition. Several hundred people attended the
dedication. The 150 people that signed up for the hikes were entranced as they
wandered beside the river, paused beside the bear effigy, caught sight of an
eagle, bent over for a closer look at the prostrate juniper spreading beside
the big bluestem, marveled at the view from the goat prairie, and listened to
the guides talk about the past, present and future of the land. With the right
management, the prairie, savanna and woodland species will now have the
opportunity to thrive. As Mark Ackelson mentioned in his dedication speech,
the Spirits were smiling on all of us that day. (For more information about
this project, visit www.inhf.org and find the archives page.)
and Mary Razor of Collins recently donated their native prairie to the Iowa
Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) to ensure its protection. There has been a
long-term relationship between Razors and the conservation community, and
various people have donated their time over the past couple of decades to
conduct management activities at Hominy Ridge Prairie. Some have said that
their volunteer activities were just a way to get to know the delightful
couple, both of whom are in their 80s. The Razors have long been interested in
protecting their property and Al has voiced his wish that young Iowans come to
understand and enjoy prairies. They decided this fall to donate 24 acres of
their property to INHF. The property, located in the Northwest corner of
Jasper County and adjacent to Highway 330, includes eight acres of remnant
prairie and at one time was on The Nature Conservancy’s registry. Under the
supervision of Joe McGovern, INHF Land Stewardship Director, the Foundation
will continue to own and manage the property, restoring more of the prairie
and using the site for seed collection.
help you get to know the IPN Board members we are going to be including short
articles about them in our newsletters. If
there are issues you’d like to have addressed by the State Organization
contact one of the board members. The
Iowa Prairie Network is strictly a volunteer organization.
The people who serve on the IPN Board do so because of their dedication
to our Prairie Heritage and receive no monetary compensation.
The Board is comprised of 14 regional members and up to 6 at-large
members (4 of the at-large positions are currently filled).
We owe all of the IPN Board members a big thank you for the time and
effort they give on the behalf of prairies.
information for Region 5 IPN Board members is on page 6 of this newsletter.
was elected to be one of the Region 5 representatives last year at the CIPN
Winter meeting. At the IPN Annual
meeting in October she was elected President of the IPN Board.
She has lots of good ideas and this should be an exciting year for the
The following is edited from last April’s
I moved (with my husband and son) to the Ankeny/Saylorville Lake area in Nov.
1999 after 5 years in St. Louis and before that Ohio, Virginia, California and
Michigan (where I was born and raised).
mother grew up on a farm in Monona County and as a child my family always
traveled twice a year to Sloan, Iowa, to visit her family.
I have a BS and MS in Botany from San Diego State University, studying
mycorrhizal associations in the chaparral.
My Ph.D. is from the Agronomy Dept. at Ohio State, where I studied
legume nodule sugar metabolism.
While in St. Louis I volunteered once a week for 3 years at Shaw Nature
Reserve, a 2400-acre branch of the Missouri Botanical Garden. I
worked planting, transplanting, weeding and harvesting prairie plants.
I also had a glorious time doing a photographic insect survey during
the summer of 1999.
- Now that I am here in Iowa
(the true center of the universe as far as I’m concerned) I have a DOT
prairie in my front yard and also find myself in charge of a small (approx. 2
acre) prairie at my son’s school in Ankeny, Westwood Elementary. I conduct class tours and maintain a “What’s blooming
now” display in the Westwood library.
grew up near Detroit, and read about "prairies" in the Laura Ingalls
LITTLE HOUSE series. But I
never saw a real prairie until I moved to Ames in 1977 and took a guided tour
of Doolittle Prairie in full July bloom.
Wow! It was love at
first sight, but I didn't know what I was seeing.
Then I met some generous Iowa prairie enthusiasts, and they started
taking me to prairie remnants and showing me around.
I learned enough to become a fanatic.
my husband and I own a few remnant and reconstructed prairie areas.
They have plenty of exotics and invading woodies to work on, but also
beautiful prairie species that make the work worth doing.
We harvest and donate some local-ecotype prairie seed for other
plantings. I also work on (and sometimes rant and rave about)
public policies that affect prairies.
The Iowa Prairie Network has made prairie work a lot more fun and
effective, and I'm grateful to all the other Iowans who are helping in varied
ways to protect our prairie heritage.
57439 250th St.
Ames, IA 50010
paintbrush or painted cup (Castilleja coccinea) is a member of the snapdragon
family, Scrophulariaceae. It is
an annual or biennial and hemiparasitic (dependent for some of its nutritional
needs on other plants), but it does have green stems and leaves.
Indian paintbrush is an infrequent species in Iowa prairies, blooming
in May and June. It has red and
yellow forms, but the red or yellow (sometimes orange) parts of the plant are
actually bracts, enclosing the small green-yellow corolla.
The red form is more common in the eastern 1/3 of Iowa, while yellow is
more common in the rest of the state. There
are herbarium records for this species from across much of Iowa.
However, most of the recent herbarium records that I am familiar with
are from the northeast and east-central portions of the state.
I am interested in sites with extant populations of this species on
private or public land anywhere in Iowa, but especially from the southern or
western portions of the state. You can send me your leads (please include owner name and a
mailing address if possible) via mail (Mark J. Leoschke, Wildlife Bureau, DNR,
Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319 or e-mail (email@example.com).
Thanks for your help.
Start planning your trip
to the 18th North American Prairie Conference June 23-27, 2002
being held in Kirksville, Missouri. “Promoting
Prairie” is the theme for the conference.
The goal is to gather prairie experts, enthusiasts and advocates to
share knowledge and ideas, reach new constituencies, and build new
partnerships. The conference
should challenge attendees to educate communities and advance our knowledge
about and commitment to the conservation, restoration, and reconstruction of
prairie in North America. The
meeting will include symposia, contributed papers, posters, workshops, and
regional field trips. Visit the
prairie conference web site at http://www.napc2002.org for more
information or contact the conference coordinator at the Kirksville Area
Chamber of Commerce, 304 S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501, phone (660)
665-3766, fax (660) 665-3767. See you there!
A symposium and field
trip for Midwest Savannas and Woodlands will be held on February 18-19 in
conjunction with the annual conference of the Society for Range Management in
Kansas City, Missouri schedule for February 13-19, 2002.
The website containing detailed information is:http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/SRM2002/.
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There are no membership dues
to participate in the Central Iowa Prairie Network (CIPN).
The CIPN sponsors activities for the public related to education and
appreciation of our prairie heritage. If
you would like to contribute to help cover the cost of the CIPN Newsletter and
events, a $5 annual mailing fee/donation can be made.
If you have contributed for 2002 or beyond it should be noted on your
mailing label with “Pd 2002” in the corner.
to: Trish Patrick, 57540 270th
St., Ames, Iowa 50010-9347
If you have a new rural 911 address or other address
correction, please clip off your mailing label and send to the above address.
Thanks for your help and support.
organization, The Iowa Prairie Network (IPN), divides the state into 7
regions. The Central Iowa Prairie
Network (CIPN) is Region 5 of the IPN. Each
region has 2 representatives on the IPN Board.
Jim Nedtwig and Inger Lamb are the IPN Board members for Region 5.
If you have any concerns, ideas or information you'd like to share with
the State IPN, contact one of the Board members.
9188 NW Polk City Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Polk City, IA 50226
Check the IPN web site at
At Large IPN Board
25494 320th Street
Dedham, IA 51440
57439 250th St.
Ames, IA 50010
406 West 1st
Huxley, IA 50124
3214 Wright Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
Central Iowa Prairie Network
57540 270th St.
Ames, Iowa 50010-9347