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Prairie STRIPS and Conservation Easements


Friday, August 17
10:00-12:00 pm
(with lunch to follow)

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. We’ll tour a recently installed prairie strip on a property just outside of Viroqua, Wisconsin. The landowner, Dr. John Van Dyke, and John Delaney, agroecologist at Valley Stewardship Network, will share information and show the new conservation practice called Prairie STRIPS.

The second conservation practice to be presented will be conservation easements. Megen D. Kabele, conservation specialist at Mississippi Valley Conservancy, will provide information about creating a conservation easement to 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: John Delaney, VSN; Megen Kabele, Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Location: Van Dyke Farm (directions provided upon registration)

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