TPE Endowments - a Creative Way to Give

Many non-profit organizations have supporting endowments that provide a guaranteed and dependable source of income. Here is a blog post to provide an overview of importance of TPE's endowments. 

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TPE Receives Accreditation

In August of 2018, The Prairie Enthusiasts and The Prairie Enthusiasts Trust earned national recognition for sound finances, responsible governance, ethical conduct, lasting stewardship, commitment to Public Trust, and conservation excellence! This is a mark of distinction in land conservation. 

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Milkweed for Monarchs - Update

Monarch populations have decreased significantly, and current recovery plans call for billions of stems of milkweed to be established. You can help by collecting your milkweed seed this fall and support regional effort to restore Milkweed for Monarchs.

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Swenson Prairie Protected

On August 30th, The Prairie Enthusiasts achieved a long term goal of both TPE and The Nature Conservancy – the acquisition and permanent protection of two prairie remnants of distinction owned by Paul and Judy Swenson of Arena, WI.  

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Hanley Savanna Beginnings

NIPE always says that Hanley Savanna was founded in 2003, but its history goes back much further than that of course. 

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Roadside Riches to Ruins

Just a few miles from my northern Wisconsin cabin, coffee in hand for my 3 ½ hour drive back to Milwaukee, I pass a hilltop full of grazing Herefords. I let out an audible gasp and then an “Oh no.”

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Bumble Bee Brigade

Since the listing of the rusty patched bumble bee by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2017, bumble bee interest has grown amongst land managers in the upper Midwest.  As it turns out, some of the best places to find the rusty patched bumble bee are in native prairies that have blooming flowers throughout the entire growing season.

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Controlling clonal tree species by double-cutting

I like the opportunity to control a native invading species without the use of chemicals. Double-cutting within the growing season or multiple years offers one method of controlling some native clonal trees species. To be effective, you must be timing the cuttings correctly, be cutting all of the stems in the clone, and continue the process as long as needed. 

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Controlling biennial invasives without herbicide using a Parsnip Predator

Wild Parsnip and other biennials can be controlled by cutting the roots below the soil surface. While a common shovel works to some degree, a modified shovel is much more effective. TPE's Prairie Bluff Chapter developed such a tool years ago, and sell these to the public at our eStore.
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Spring is the time for girdling

Girdling offers an effective mechanical method to kill some tree species. While some folks "girdle" with cuts and apply herbicide to the "cuts", it is not needed if girdling is done in a manner that removes the bark without damaging the layers inside the bark. Now's the time to do this type of girdling, as the layers to be removed easily separate from the inner layers. 

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