Before settlement of our area the grasslands were preserved by fire and the countless hooves of the bison. Now our remnant prairies are pressured by encroaching woody plants such as box elder, green ash, and Chinese elm.
We spent a couple of days with a brush-cutter and a chainsaw selectively removing these woody invasive plants from the grassland. These are areas not suitable for burning, so our next option was mechanical removal. With the many trees now growing here the prairielands are under constant pressure from tree seeds, ready to turn prairie into woodland. Our efforts are directed toward keeping the critical prairie plants which are so necessary to preserve the life dependent upon the grassland species.