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(Nearly) Everything You Should Know About Prairies in the Midwest
November 14, 2022

In Iowa, less than 1/10 of 1 percent of our native prairie exists today. Remnant and restored prairies provide a multitude of ecosystem services. Deep-rooted prairie plants and grasses absorb rainwater, provide habitat for pollinators and overwintering species, and add months of vibrant colors to any landscape.

But prairie systems do require annual maintenance, at least in the early years after establishment. Once native plants and grasses are strong enough to out-compete pressures from invasive species, prairie ecosystems can thrive without much human intervention.

The final two videos in our Conservation Education Film Series, embedded below, detail the importance of native prairies and how even the smallest of prairie installations have a big impact. We also dive into what it takes to maintain a prairie so that the full spectrum of environmental benefits are realized in the long-term.

The series is funded in part by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ REAP program. Impact7G partnered with Little Village Creative Services out of Iowa City to help produce and edit the series.

 

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