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Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie


Title : Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie
Author : Paul A. Johnsgard
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Total pages: 192 pages
ISBN: 0803256973
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A respected author and scholar, Paul A. Johnsgard has spent a lifetime observing the natural delights of Nebraska’s woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands. Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie collects his musings on Nebraska’s natural history and the issues of conservation facing our future. Johnsgard crafts essays featuring snow geese, owls, hummingbirds, and other creatures against the backdrop of Great Plains landscapes. He describes prairie chickens courting during predawn hours and the calls of sandhill cranes; he evokes the magic of lying upon the prairie, hearing only the sounds of insects and the wind through the grasses. From reflections following a visit to a Pawnee sacred site to meditations on the perils facing the state’s finite natural resources, Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie celebrates the gifts of a half century spent roaming Nebraska’s back roads, trails, and sometimes-forgotten places.


Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie


Title : Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie
Author : Sylvan T. Runkel,Dean M. Roosa
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Total pages: 308 pages
ISBN: 1587298449
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This classic of midwestern natural history is back in print with a new format and new photographs. Originally published in 1989, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie introduced many naturalists to the beauty and diversity of the native plants of the huge grasslands that once stretched from Manitoba to Texas. Now redesigned with updated names and all-new photographs, this reliable field companion will introduce tallgrass prairie wildflowers to a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts in the Upper Midwest. Each species account is accompanied by a brilliant full-page color photograph by botanist Thomas Rosburg. In clear, straightforward, and accessible prose, authors Sylvan Runkel and Dean Roosa provide common, scientific, and family names; the Latin or Greek meaning of the scientific names; habitat and blooming times; and a complete description of plant, flower, and fruit. Particularly interesting is the information on the many ways in which Native Americans and early pioneers used these plants for everything from pain relief to dyes to hairbrushes. Runkel and Roosa say that prairies can be among the most peaceful places on earth; certainly they are among the most beleaguered. Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie will inspire both amateurs and professionals with the desire to learn more about the wonders of the prairie landscape.


Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie


Title : Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie
Author : Shirley Shirley
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Total pages: 346 pages
ISBN: 1587292203
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Iowa is the only state that lies entirely within the natural region of the tallgrass prairie. Early documents indicate that 95 percent of the state—close to 30 million acres—was covered by prairie vegetation at the time of Euro-American settlement. By 1930 the prairie sod had been almost totally converted to cropland; only about 30,000 acres of the original “great green sea” remained. Now, in this gracefully illustrated manual, Shirley Shirley has created a step-by-step guide to reconstructing the natural landscape of Iowa and the Upper Midwest. Chapters on planning, obtaining and selecting plants and seeds, starting seeds indoors, preparing the site, planting, and maintenance set the stage for comprehensive species accounts. Shirley gives firsthand information on soil, moisture, sun, and pH requirements; location, size, and structure; blooming time and color; and propagation, germination, and harvesting for more than a hundred wildflowers and grasses. Shirley's sketches—all drawn from native plants and from seedlings that she grew herself—will be valuable for even the most experienced gardener. While other books typically feature only the flowering plant, her careful drawings show the three stages of the seedlings, the flower, and the seedhead with seeds as well as the entire plant. This practical and attractive volume will help anyone dedicated to reconstructing the lost “emerald growth” of the historic tallgrass prairie.


Night Riders in the Tallgrass


Title : Night Riders in the Tallgrass
Author : Mo Griffin
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
Total pages: N.A pages
ISBN: 1604949538
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The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest


Title : The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest
Author : Daryl Smith
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Total pages: 301 pages
ISBN: 1587299526
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Although less than 3 percent of the original vast landscape survives, the tallgrass prairie remains a national treasure, glowing with a vast array of colorful wildflowers in spring and summer, enriched by the warm reds and browns of grasses in fall and winter. This comprehensive manual, crafted by the staff of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa, will be an essential companion for everyone dedicated to planning, developing, and maintaining all types of prairie restorations and reconstructions in the tallgrass prairie region of Iowa, northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southwestern Wisconsin, southwestern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, northwestern Missouri, and northeastern Kansas. Focusing on conservation plantings, prairie recovery, native landscaping in yards and at schools, roadside plantings, and pasture renovations, the authors—who collectively have more than a hundred years of experience with prairie restoration—have created a manual that will be particularly useful to landowners, conservation agency personnel, ecosystem managers, native-seeding contractors, prairie enthusiasts, teachers, and roadside managers. A wealth of color and black-and-white photographs taken in the field as well as checklists and tables support the detailed text, which also includes useful online and print sources and references, a glossary, and lists of common and scientific names of all plant species discussed. The text is divided into five parts. Part I, Reconstruction Planning, provides an overall summary of the entire process, information about securing good-quality seed, and the design of seed mixes. In Part II, Implementing Reconstruction, the authors consider ways to prepare and seed the site, manage the site in its first growing season, identify seedlings, and evaluate success. Part III, Prairie Restoration and Management, deals with identifying and assessing prairie remnants, working toward a predetermined restoration goal, and managing restored prairie remnants and completed reconstructions, including prescribed burning. Chapters in Part IV, Special Cases, discuss the uses of prairie in public spaces, roadside vegetation management, and landscaping on a smaller scale in yards and outdoor classrooms. Part V, Native Seed Production, describes the processes of harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing native seed as well as propagating and transplanting native seedlings. Although we cannot recreate the original blacksoil prairie, tallgrass prairie restoration offers the opportunity to reverse environmental damage and provide for the recovery of vital aspects of this lost ecosystem. Anyone in the Upper Midwest who wishes to improve water quality, reduce flood damage, support species diversity, preserve animal habitats, and enjoy the changing panorama of grasses and wildflowers will benefit from the clear, careful text and copious illustrations in this authoritative guide.


The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook


Title : The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook
Author : William R. Jordan
Publisher: Island Press
Total pages: 495 pages
ISBN: 9781597262583
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Prairies are among the most severely degraded ecosystems on the North American continent, with virtually no original prairie land extant in a pristine state. Because of the amount and severity of environmental damage visited upon them, prairies have become a proving ground for the fledgling craft of ecological restoration.The restoration of ecosystems is a practical science, with little theoretical knowledge available to guide the work of practitioners. Information is acquired primarily through an arduous process of trial and error, and the need for sharing information is immense. The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook is thus an essential contribution to the literature.The book is a hands-on manual that provides a detailed account of what has been learned about the art and science of prairie restoration and the application of that knowledge to restoration projects throughout the world. Chapters provide guidance on all aspects of the restoration process, from conceptualization and planning, to execution and monitoring. Chapters cover: conserving biodiversity restoring populations of rare plants plowing and seeding obtaining and processing seeds conducting burns controlling invasive plants animal populations monitoring vegetation and more Other resources include a key to restoration options that provides detailed instructions for specific types of projects and a comprehensive glossary of restoration terms. Appendixes present hard-to-find data on plants and animals of the prairies, seed collection dates, propagation methods, sources of seeds and equipment, and more.The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook is a state-of-the-art compendium that can serve a vital role as a sort of "parts catalog and repair manual" for the tallgrass prairies and oak openings of the Midwest. Written by those whose primary work is actually the making of prairies, it explores a myriad of restoration philosophies and techniques and is an essential resource for anyone working to nurture our once-vibrant native landscapes to a state of health.


Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in the Midwestern and Eastern United States


Title : Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in the Midwestern and Eastern United States
Author : Harold Gardner
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total pages: 276 pages
ISBN: 9781441974273
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This work advocates the restoration of the North American tallgrass prairie, which is rapidly disappearing. Historical descriptions of prairie aesthetics are outlined. As we are experiencing a worldwide mixing of plant species, prairie restoration is particularly important. Plants alien to North America do not readily support insect populations, including all animal species higher on the food chain. Prairie restoration methods are described for amateurs, academics, and land managers. Some of the techniques described are growing crops for seed production, times of seed gathering for specific species, facile seed processing for amateurs, land preparation, segregation of seed into its preference for habitat, and required seed treatment for germination. Over 200 species are described that comprise the predominant species found in tallgrass prairie nature preserves, as well as degraded prairies. Some additional plants of especial interest are also described. The appendix tabulates all likely species found on prairies regardless of their scarcity. Safe fire management of prairies is described in detail. Finally, methods of controlling aggressive alien weeds by herbicides are detailed.


Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies


Title : Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies
Author : Scott L. Collins,Linda L. Wallace
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total pages: 175 pages
ISBN: 9780806123158
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Based on papers presented at a 1987 symposium, "Fire in North American Grasslands," cosponsored by the Ecological Society of America and the Botanical Society of America, this book represents an important contribution to key unanswered questions concerning the role of fire in grassland ecosystems: How often did fires occur in the past? Were they primarily natural or caused by humans? At what time of year did grasslands normally burn? How should fire be used as a management tool? What constitutes a proper prescribed burning regime both with and without grazing?


Contributions to the Understanding of Tallgrass Prairie-dependent Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) and Their Biogeography in the United States


Title : Contributions to the Understanding of Tallgrass Prairie-dependent Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) and Their Biogeography in the United States
Author : N.A
Publisher: Ohio Biological Survey
Total pages: 143 pages
ISBN: 9780867271539
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Night Riders in the Tallgrass


Title : Night Riders in the Tallgrass
Author : Mo Griffin
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
Total pages: 240 pages
ISBN: 1604948353
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Once a lawman, always a lawman Ty McCord is a flint-hard lawman hell-bent on outrunning a dangerous and often violent past. He travels on a long journey that takes him through Texas and eventually to the far reaches of the lawless Kansas frontier. His plan is straightforward. A quiet new life as a rancher will begin when he arrives in the remote and sparsely settled ocean of Kansas prairie grass. As he works his way along in the rugged territory, Ty's designs for a peaceful existence are soon set upon by his years of wearing a badge. Nearly a year following his arrival in the tallgrass he weds Liz, a refined and headstrong beauty. Abruptly their world is bushwhacked by a band of military-style horse thieves preying on the prairie ranches. In no time a desperate shorthanded marshal begs Ty for his help in putting an end to the night-riding raiders and the threat of angry ranchers taking matters into their own hands. Against the dead set wishes of Liz and their new child Ty reluctantly agrees to join Marshall Seward's failing struggle to bring the savage outlaws to justice. In due time the raids become personal and deadly.


Tallgrass


Title : Tallgrass
Author : Sandra Dallas
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Total pages: 320 pages
ISBN: 9781429917179
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An essential American novel from Sandra Dallas, an unparalleled writer of our history, and our deepest emotions... During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers. This is Tallgrass as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things. Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest--and best--parts of the human heart.


Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers


Title : Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers
Author : Douglas M. Ladd
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Total pages: 262 pages
ISBN: 9781560442998
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A useful tool for both the novice and the expert, this guide identifies over 250 flowers and grasses.


Tallgrass prairie


Title : Tallgrass prairie
Author : Patricia D. Duncan
Publisher: Lowell Pr
Total pages: 113 pages
ISBN:
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The Tallgrass Prairie Reader


Title : The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
Author : John T Price
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Total pages: 334 pages
ISBN: 1609382463
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The tallgrass prairie of the early 1800s, a beautiful and seemingly endless landscape of wildflowers and grasses, is now a tiny remnant of its former expanse. As a literary landscape, with much of the American environmental imagination focused on a mainstream notion of more spectacular examples of wild beauty, tallgrass is even more neglected. Prairie author and advocate John T. Price wondered what it would take to restore tallgrass prairie to its rightful place at the center of our collective identity. The answer to that question is his Tallgrass Prairie Reader, a first-of-its-kind collection of literature from and about the tallgrass bioregion. Focusing on autobiographical nonfiction in a wide variety of forms, voices, and approaches—including adventure narrative, spiritual reflection, childhood memoir, Native American perspectives, literary natural history, humor, travel writing and reportage—he honors the ecological diversity of tallgrass itself and provides a range of models for nature writers and students. The chronological arrangement allows readers to experience tallgrass through the eyes and imaginations of forty-two authors from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Writings by very early explorers are followed by works of nineteenth-century authors that reflect the fear, awe, reverence, and thrill of adventure rampant at the time. After 1900, following the destruction of the majority of tallgrass, much of the writing became nostalgic, elegiac, and mythic. A new environmental consciousness asserted itself midcentury, as personal responses to tallgrass were increasingly influenced by larger ecological perspectives. Preservation and restoration—informed by hard science—emerged as major themes. Early twenty-first-century writings demonstrate an awareness of tallgrass environmental history and the need for citizens, including writers, to remember and to help save our once magnificent prairies.


The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest


Title : The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest
Author : Dave Williams
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Total pages: 131 pages
ISBN: 1587299534
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Settlers crossing the tallgrass prairie in the early 1800s were greeted by a seemingly endless landscape of wildflowers and grasses, one of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet. Today, although the tallgrass prairie has been reduced to a tiny percentage of its former expanse, people are working to restore and reconstruct prairie communities. This lavishly illustrated guide to seeds and seedlings, crafted by Tallgrass Prairie Center botanist Dave Williams and illustrator Brent Butler, will insure that everyone from urban gardeners to grassland managers can properly identify and germinate seventy-two species of tallgrass wildflowers and grasses in eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, Iowa, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, northwestern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma. Williams has created a brilliant, nearly foolproof system of identification and verification. Two primary keys lead to eleven secondary keys that link to characteristic groups of tallgrass plants: seven groups for wildflowers and four groups for grasses. To identify a seedling, use the primary key to discover its place in the secondary key, then turn to that characteristic group to find your seedling. Circles on each full seedling photograph correspond to close-up photographs; triangles on these close-ups illustrate information in the text to further pinpoint identification. Drawings of leaves illuminate exact identification, and enlarged photographs of each seed provide yet another way to confirm identification. Thousands of seeds were sprouted in the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s greenhouse to provide seedlings close in size and development to those grown in the field near the end of their first season; research and photography took place over four years. Williams’s text for each species includes a thorough description, a comparison of similar species, and guidance for germination and growth. A complete glossary supports the text, which is concise but detailed enough to be accessible to beginning prairie enthusiasts. Anyone in the Upper Midwest who wishes to preserve the native vegetation of prairie remnants or reconstruct a tallgrass prairie of whatever size—from home gardens to schoolyards to roadsides to large acreages—will benefit from the hundreds of photographs and drawings and the precise text in this meticulously prepared guide.


Tallgrass


Title : Tallgrass
Author : Don Coldsmith
Publisher: Bantam Books
Total pages: 576 pages
ISBN: 9780553577761
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An epic saga of the settlement of Kansas encompasses a cast of outstanding characters, including Heron Woman, mother of a child of destiny; Washington, a freed slave; and Jed Sterling, an easterner looking for love and fortune. Reprint.


Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas, General Management Plan


Title : Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas, General Management Plan
Author : N.A
Publisher:
Total pages: N.A pages
ISBN:
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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area


Title : Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Subcommittee on Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation
Publisher:
Total pages: 91 pages
ISBN:
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Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers


Title : Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers
Author : Doug Ladd,Frank Oberle
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Total pages: 263 pages
ISBN: 9780762737444
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Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers is the ultimate field guide to wildflowers of the midwestern tallgrass prairie. This valuable reference enables all prairie enthusiasts to quickly and accurately identify hundreds of tallgrass prairie plants. Fully revised and updated to reflect new trends in conservation and plant identification, this remains the classic guidebook for prairie enthusiasts.