We have an estimated 15 tons of old farm debris on our prairie property that need to be removed so we can continue our restoration efforts. We have moved the project along as far as we can with the use of volunteers. Now, we need to hire a few dump trucks and tractors to finish the job.
Less than 3% of the northwest prairie ecosystem remains and only 1% is actually in good condition. Our property is home to a special 5 acre prairie remnant and this remnant is surrounded by 100 acres of abandoned agriculture land that we want to restore. There still remains at least 15 tons of game farm debris from the previous owners and cleaning this up will enable us to move forward with our restoration efforts.
By removing this farm debris, we will be able to move forward with our prairie habitat management plan, which includes regular mowing, burning, planting, seed collecting, and wildlife habitat enhancement. The removal of this debris will also make the site much safer for visitors and wildlife.
Over the next 50 years we will be expanding our 5 acre prairie to 100 acres. This provides biodiversity which supports a healthy ecosystem, provides critical habitat for many birds, animals, and insects, and provides a beautiful open space for walkers.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).