Reframing the war on invasive plants

Reframing the war on invasive plants

By Allene Smith, Land Steward The conservation community’s effort to slow or stop the spread of invasive plants is often referred to in terms of warfare: invasive plants are the enemy, and we must combat them with every weapon imaginable from loopers to herbicides. Land management is a battle of good (native) against evil (invasive). […]

Restoration at work

Restoration at work

Legacy’s stewardship team and volunteer Sara Lupkas spent October 26 tossing handfuls of fluffy white and tiny brown seeds at the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Preserve’s prairie restoration site, 15-acres of former farmland. Native grasses and wildflowers—from seeds collected at a Legacy conservation easement, at the Reichert Nature Preserve, and at the planted prairie communities […]

Don’t miss the forest for the garlic mustard

Don’t miss the forest for the garlic mustard

By Alex Peters, Summer Stewardship Crew Member 2016 On a hot day, the shady woods feel comfortable and cool. My eyes search for the Legacy Stewardship Crew’s public enemy number one:  a two-foot-tall, spindly plant with toothed triangular leaves and a distinctive odor. Three of us stoop to rip garlic mustard out by the roots […]