The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook

For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands

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Edited by Stephen Packard and Cornelia F. Mutel

495 pages pages | 6 X 9 | 22 illustrations

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.

"Not only is the book of great value to those directly involved in restoration ...but also to those interested in the ecology of natural communities and to those charged with educating the public about conservation....[A] useful resource and a worthwhile investment to anyone engaged in the many facets of tallgrass restoration."

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List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Foreword by William R. Jordan III

Preface to the 2005 Edition by Cornelia F. Mutel and Stephen Packard

Perspective by Stephen Packard and Cornelia F. Mutel 

Acknowledgments

 

PART I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Orchards of Oak and a Sea of Grass \ Virginia M. Kline

Chapter 2. Prairie Underground \ R. Michael Miller

 

PART II. Goals and Plans

Chapter 3. Planning a Restoration \ Virginia M. Kline

Chapter 4. Restoration Options \ Stephen Packard

Chapter 5. Restoring Remnants \ Stephen Packard and Laurel M. Ross

Chapter 6. Restoring Populations of Rare Plants \ James A. Reinartz

 

PART III. Seeds and Planting

Chapter 7. Obtaining and Processing Seeds \ Steven I. Apfelbaum, Brian J. Bader, Fred Faessler, David Mahler

Chapter 8. Tips for Gathering Individual Species \ Richard R. Clinebell II

Chapter 9. Designing Seed Mixes \ Neil Diboll

Chapter 10. Seed Treatment and Propagation Methods \ James F. Steffen

Chapter 11. Interseeding \ Stephen Packard

Chapter 12. Plowing and Seeding \ John P. Morgan

Chapter 13. Hand-Planted Prairies \ Peter Schramm

 

PART IV. Management and Monitoring

Chapter 14. Conducting Burns \ Wayne R. Pauly

Chapter 15. Summer Fires \ Roger C. Anderson

Chapter 16. Controlling Invasive Plants \ Mary Kay Solecki

Chapter 17. Monitoring Vegetation \ Linda A. Masters

 

PART V. Protecting, Restoring, and Monitoring Animals

Chapter 18. Insects \ Douglas J. Taron

Chapter 19. Amphibians and Reptiles \ Kenneth S. Mierzwa

Chapter 20. Birds \ Victoria J. Byre

Chapter 21. Bison \ Allen A. Steuter

 

Appendices

A. Vascular Plants of Midwestern Tallgrass Prairies \ Douglas Ladd

B. Terrestrial Vertebrates of Tallgrass Prairies \ Stanley A. Temple

C. Cross-References for Plant Names

D. Publications on Natural Communities of the Tallgrass Region

E. Sources of Seeds and Equipment

F. Restoration Contacts

Contributors

Index

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