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Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Birds, Bees, and Butterflies


Saturday, August 25
10:00-2:00 pm 

Planting native tallgrass prairie as a buffer at the edge of crop fields can provide multiple services from improving water quality and soil health to providing   resources for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Research from Iowa State University’s prairie STRIPS project has demonstrated that prairie buffers can significantly reduce sediment and nutrient export as well as improving water infiltration. Come visit a working farm that has recently established a prairie buffer. This farm is also in the final stages of completing a conservation easement with Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Conservation easements help to protect and conserve your land in perpetuity, as well as ensuring long-term maintenance of conservation practices like prairie STRIPS. Come learn about the new conservation practice of prairie STRIPS and about opportunities for conservation easements.

Instructors: Melinda Knutson, Trillium Consulting

Location: McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua

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