Ecosystem Restoration

Prairie Grasses I’m Dreaming Of

People say sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.  It’s even more true that you can’t see the prairie for the grasses.  But we really should see those grasses.  Ornamental grasses are gaining respect in landscaping, and truly, what is more beautiful than a sea of grass flowing […]

Why Whole Trees?

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen the term “whole trees” a number of times.  Doug and Denise have decided that they want their new home to be a whole tree house.  They won’t be living in the air, however.  Here’s […]

Prairie Gold

I’ve read that pioneers called their wagons prairie schooners.  If they crossed my acre and a half of restored remnant prairie today, they would be sailing over a sea of flowers.  I can totally relate to the bees.  I am drawn to this blooming bounty and am fueled by it. […]

Global Warming and Our Woods

Half of our 44 acres are filled with rows of strapping, teenage White Spruce and Red Pine planted by the previous owner.  These trees grow naturally in Northern Wisconsin, but usually exist only by human intervention in the southern part of the state, where we live. The Red Pines in […]