It’s Not Always Pretty – Restoring Native Prairie After the Plow
As the prairie prepares for winter slumber, Ellen Anderson is ramping up her efforts in time for spring. There’s a farmer to hire, a seed mix to order, and lots of paperwork to complete while snow starts to fall outside her home on American Prairie Reserve.
Ellen oversees the Reserve’s largest and most complex habitat restoration project to date, the sort of endeavor that inspires the perfect combination of worry and excitement. Returning hundreds of acres of plowed land back to native prairie isn’t easy, fast, or cheap, but Ellen is optimistic and ready for the challenge.
“There’s something about my upbringing on the family farm and my education in range science that just comes together beautifully to restore grasslands.” With a giggle, she adds, “And I can always call my Dad about planting grass.”