Prairie and Oak Woodland

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Prairies and Oak woodlands are a uncommon ecosystem type that occurs on dry gravelly post-glacial soils. There are are suite of species unique to Prairies several of which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act or are species of concern under state law. They have historical been maintained by tribal communities by burning and cultivation. They are an anthropogenic ecosystem, that provides diverse resources for historical tribal communities.

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  • The Nature Conservancy played a critical role in prairie protection, but much of this work has been transferred to Center for Natural Lands Management.
  • Volunteers are the primary source of seed collecting and processing and Scott's broom control in prairie management.
  • File:Devine & Harrington 2010 planting garry oak.pdf provides guidelines for designing and installing plantings for various purposes.