Lawrence Prairie comprises a dry-prairie primarily preserved for its population of a rare animal. Access is restricted and as such, the location will not be described here.
I was fortunate to be able to visit this site as part of DNR volunteer work days. While there, our focus was on removing trash, accumulated in the form of a farm dump as well as girdling aspen trees. Left to their own devices, these insidious invaders spread underground and are prompted to resprout if they are cut. Girdling is the way to go. I was on my way to head to another work day at Lawrence Prairie, only to walk to my car parked on the street to find that all 4 tires had been slashed and were unrepairable. Not a great start to the day to say the least. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit the site in anything approaching peak prairie season, so a revisit or several is certainly in my plans. I was fortunate, however, to observe several of the rare animal present here while working. It is heartening to see the dedication and work of volunteers in preserving places like this and I am further encouraged by the development of the SNA volunteer program. For more information, visit this link where you can view a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and sign up for their volunteer email list.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Lawrence Prairie can be viewed here.
So far…281 blog posts written and published in 323 days. 400 more blog posts to go! Well, actually a few more than that remain; counting SNA’s delisted since I started and a few SNA’s to be designated, the current total is 687, though hopefully, that will increase!
If you would like to help support this project, please consider a donation. There are many SNA’s yet to visit and even more to revisit and I ultimately plan to put this together in the form of a book. Thank you!
|Natural Communities / Geology||Dry Prairie|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Dates Visited||11.10.12 / 6.8.14|
|Location not disclosed|