Prescribed burns as a land management tool

Prescribed burns as a land management tool

If you visited the Johnson or Reichert Preserve recently, you may have been startled to see a charred and blacken landscape and wondered, “Was there a fire here?”  And, the answer would be, “Yes!” But it’s not the result of an ‘out of control forest fire’ that we usually see on the news. Despite the […]

Oak Wilt On Reichert Preserve, Revisited

Oak Wilt On Reichert Preserve, Revisited

In the spring of 2016 Legacy confirmed that oak wilt was present and active on our Reichert Nature Preserve. At that time several trees had already been claimed by the disease, and we knew it was time to act.  It took us two years to educate ourselves on oak wilt’s pathology and management, and to […]

Meet Our New Land Protection Staff Members

Over the last two years Legacy has acquired six new conservation easements and another public nature preserve—land that will be protected, forever—and brings our total acres of protected land to almost 10,000! These acquisitions mean we are now responsible for monitoring 105 easements  as well as managing 8 preserves to ensure conservation values are maintained. […]

Staying ahead of oak wilt

Staying ahead of oak wilt

By Allene Smith, Land Steward When I left you last, Legacy was gathering information and planning our approach to managing oak wilt, a disease that kills red oaks (See Part 1, Getting ahead of oak wilt). Here’s the progress we’ve made since then. In keeping with the Forest Management Model for oak wilt developed by […]