SEVENTH IOWA PRAIRIE CONFERENCE
"Persistence of the Prairie"
Saturday† June 19, 1999
McCollum Science Hall,† University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Fee includes lunch
††††††††††† Early Registration††††††††††† After June 7
Regular†† ††††††††† $40††††††††††††††††† $50††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††† Student†† ††††††††† $20††††††††††††††††† $30††††††††††††††††† †† ††††††††
Presenter (1/paper)$25 due with abstract†† †††††† ††††
Commercial†† †† $70††††††††††††††††† $80††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††† Noncommercial †††††††††† $20††††††††††††††††† $30
Mail registration to: Iowa Prairie Conference
Continuing Education, Non Credit††††† H 15
University of N.Iowa† Cedar Falls, IA†† 50614-0225
††† A brochure with additional information is available from the above address
or email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional questions may be addressed to email@example.com
IPN ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE
††††††††††††††††††††††† by† Jim Nedtwig
†† Mark your calendar!† Our annual meeting will be held September 10, 11, 12,
1999 at Lakeside Laboratory.† This year's event will be a unique annual
"festival", as our friends from The Nature Conservancy and The Native Plant
Society will be convening their annual meetings simultaneously at Lakeside.
A joint planning committee is currently scheming and plotting.† What we know
††††††††††††††† Friday evening - gather (rumors of a jam session
††††††††††††††† Saturday AM - field trips to be announced
††††††††††††††† Saturday PM - field trip to Freda Haffner Kettle Hole
††††††††††††††† Saturday dinner - keynote address by Paul Christiansen
††††††††††††††† Saturday evening - business meetings for all three
††††††††††††††† Sunday AM - field trip to Fen Valley
Registration forms will be mailed this summer.
IOWA ECOTYPE SEED SUPPLIERS
††††††††††††††††††††††† by† Cincy Hildebrand
†† Due to a space shortage, the list of Iowa Ecotype prairie seed suppliers,
which is still being compiled, will be carried in a future issue of the IPN
NEWS.†† Please contact Cindy Hildebrand (back page or firstname.lastname@example.org) if
meet the criteria listed in the 1999 Spring Edition and wish to be included.††
THE LOESS HILLS ALLIANCE
††††††††††††††††††††††† by Glenn Pollock
†† The Loess Hills Alliance bill was passed and signed by the Governor.† About
$500,000 was approbated† for the first year of operation.† The first meeting
held May 7 and 70 people attended.† David Zahrt and Glenn Pollock of the IPN
board will serve on the stewardship committee.
ARASCO AND THE LOESS HILLS
††††††††††† by Glenn Pollock - President Iowa Prairie Network
†† ARASCO of Omaha is closing it old lead refining plant in Omaha.† The plant
will be tore down and covered with soil.† It will require from 180,000 to
250,000 cubic yards of soil.† In other terms that is 5000 to 9000 truck loads
dirt. The nearest and least expensive place to get this soil is from the front
range of the Loess Hills. Virgin Prairie makes the best fill dirt.
†† ARASCO has told the Loess Hills Preservation Society† they will make a
decision within a month were the dirt will come from.† Since there is no legal
action that can be taken to protect the Hills it would be good if ARASCO
received letters asking that they not choose a site on the front range of the
Hills.† Also state the site they pick should be properly restored after the
is removed.† The removal and the capping of the old lead refinery has created
considerable controversies in Omaha.† Ask ARASCO to do the right thing and not
damage our Loess Hills.† Send letters to:
Heller, Erman, White, McAuliffe
6100 Columbia Center
701 5th Avenue
Seattle, Washington† 98104
(Ms Larson works for the Law firm that represents
ENGELDINGER MARSH UPDATE
††††††††††† ††††††††††† (Information compiled and edited by Joyce Hornstein)
†† The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) public hearing for the†
Environmental Assessment concerning the two proposed avoidance alternative
routes for US Highway 65/330 around Engeldinger Marsh was held April 13.
†† The hearing was supposed to be about the two avoidance alternatives.† The
route through the marsh was effectively set aside last year because the marsh
was granted 4F status by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA).† People
supporting the routes around the marsh did not come to the hearing prepared to
debate the worth of the marsh versus the farmland and social† impacts.†
Landowners from the area proposed that the IDOT again consider expanding and
routing the road through the marsh, as they felt that the marsh's 4F status
not legitimate.† Because marsh advocates failed to voice an opinion at the
hearing, the marsh's 4F status may be reconsidered along with the road through
†† Both avoidance alternatives that the IDOT presented have drawbacks but each
appears to be a feasible alternative to a route directly through Engeldinger
Marsh.† Although this issue is understandably a concern of nearby landowners,
Engeldinger Marsh is of statewide ecological significance and it belongs to
Iowans.† It is imperative that this marsh be preserved for students and for
others who enjoy and learn from Iowa's few remaining natural areas.
†† It is not too late to send comments!!† Those comments that were sent by
30th will be included in the transcript of the public hearing.† All
received after this date will be included in the project file and reviewed as
the project is developed.† Engeldinger Marsh needs your support and letters
if it is to be preserved!!
†† Comments regarding the Engeldinger Marsh public hearing (project number
NHS-65-4(76)- -19-77) should be mailed to:†† Harry Budd, Office of Project
†800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA† 50010-9902.
†† Copies should be mailed to: ††Bobby W. Blackmon, Division Administrator,
Federal Highway Administration, 105 Sixth Street, Ames, IA† 50010 and to:†
Paul Johnson, Director, Iowa Department of Natural Resources,† Wallace State
Des Moines, IA† 50319-0034.
(Addendum from Cindy Hildebrand):†† Unfortunately, many of the comments at the
public hearing were so openly and robustly hostile toward concern for
endangered species and the environment that some hearing attendees felt
intimidated.† This makes written comments on behalf of the marsh even more
IOWA PRAIRIE NETWORK Grant Application Form
†† The Iowa Prairie Network is a statewide, non-profit, volunteer
Our mission is to learn about, teach about, enjoy and protect Iowaís native
IPN sponsors grants up to the amount of $250.00.† Grant applications are due
June 15.† Award notifications will be made by July 30.† For each project
awarded, an IPN Board member will act as a liaison to assist with a public
education facet of the project, and report the projectís outcome to IPNís
†† Preservation and/or appropriate management of native prairie remnants will
given priority over prairie reconstructions, with public education, outreach,
and research also given consideration over other types of projects.
††† Applicant name, address, phone, (e-mail):† if group or organization,
provide this information for the contact person or representative for your
†† Describe your proposal.†† Please address the following questions on an
attached piece of paper.† Feel free to include any additional information you
consider pertinent to an understanding of what you intend to do and how you
intend to do it, but descriptions may be simple and to the point:
1.† What is your projectís purpose or goals?
2.† How and when will your project† be accomplished?
3.† How will you evaluate your projectís success?
4.† Please include amount requested (up to $250.00) and line item budget.
† Please direct any inquiries to:† Glenn Pollock or an IPN Board member for
geographical region (map and addresses on backside of this form).
IOWA DNR ADDING PRAIRIES TO FOREST DIVISION
†† Hello to all Iowa Prairie Network News readers:
†I could have submitted a news release, but thought I'd start with something
more personal since there's nothing official yet I can say about the new Iowa
Department of Natural Resources Forests and Prairies Division except that I've
accepted a one year appointment as a Prairie Specialist to assist them with
largely educational task of making this change.† I will be full-time starting
June 1, but am making the transition in part-time
increments in the interim.† I'm very† optimistic about where we're going to be
able to go with this† program.† I have been a quiet prairie enthusiast in
†† However, I've been into prairies for a long time!!† I got hooked on
as a high school sophomore, and I decided a Botany degree would be an
interesting pursuit as long as prairies were involved!†††† Near Webster City,
husband, Chad, and I have our own 2 acre prairie creation started in 1984 from
corn field, hand-collecting only local ecotypes.†† I have more experience with
hand gathering and scattering, pretty low tech, and have a wonderful example
what children alone have accomplished over the years in one of our county
conservation board areas.
†† Chad and I have also, for the last 6 years at least, taken vacation time
worked at cutting trees in the prairies of the Loess Hills - we call it
G.R.A.S.S. (Great Race Against Shrubs and Shade).† We extended that into a
long effort, by ourselves, while I worked for Trees Forever for a couple years
we laughed that it was my penance for promoting tree planting in a prairie
state.† We are Loess Hills Seminar regulars.
†† I've forgotten some Latin names over time as I've worked hard to become an
effective educator with the folks who NEED to know about prairies.† I'm
to accommodate the learner's needs in order to win them over to the prairies
so I'm more of a compulsive educator than strict scientist.† I respect the
science, but have chosen to specialize in reaching the "unconverted"!
†† My first order of business, besides linking the foresters with the
appropriate prairie folks in their areas (if they don't already know them) is
make the round of the existing prairie "turf". We want to add value to the
prairie scene, not replace the good work that has been going on in all kinds
places. ††We will try to encourage and develop partnerships, collaboration,
networking, and cooperation.
†† Another order of business is to debunk some of the myths about what the
district foresters really do in their work.† Their first question of
has always been - "what are YOUR goals for your woodland" and
they're happy to suggest management that fits those needs, even if they don't
include a timber harvest - ever.†† Many have a good background in prairies
already, and savannas are not totally new territory either.† Most are pretty
fair botanists, too - after all these are people who have to know trees
leaves!!† I'm still learning and assessing what they need to know so I can put
each in the best possible learning situations (connecting them
with who or what they need to learn) as fast as possible, and in the ways each
of them prefers to learn.
†† I'm looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and meeting new prairie
enthusiasts.† Jean Eells, 2550 Stagecoach Road, Webster City, Iowa 50595-7375
(515)-832-1771 and email@example.com
†POSSIBLE DVD FOR PRESCRIBED BURNS
†† Historically, periodic burning was an important part of midwestern prairie
and woodland ecology.† Because few individuals are qualified to safely conduct
prescribed burns it has been proposed a interactive DVD be created.† Each burn
scenario will include pre- and post-burn interviews with the burn master, burn
sequences illustrating proper and improper conduct, environmental data, aerial
images. contour maps, ground cover and vegetation maps, etc.† The video will
also include basic classroom and laboratory instruction in burn theory and
techniques.† For additional information or to volunteer your time and
contact Glenn Pollock from the Iowa Prairie Network.† He will pass the
information on to Lon Crosby who has initiated this project.
NEW SPECIES FOR IOWA ECOTYPE PROJECT FOR 1999
† This year we would appreciate Iowa seed of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum
virginianum), bluejoint grass
(Calamogrostis canadensis), and prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana).† Also,
are still accepting seed statewide of Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis) and
New England aster (Aster novae-angliae).† Much needed from
southern Iowa only are collections of Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), Great
lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), and native switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).†
thanks for seed collections sent in last year.† For more information contact
Roadside Program, 113 Ceee, Cedar Falls, Ia 50614-0293.
Grand View College
1200 Grandview Ave.
Des Moines, IA† 50316