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ISSUE DATE: 04/19/2010

Patching together a 'messy landscape'

By Doug Rich

If it were possible to have a satellite image of the original tallgrass prairie at about the time Columbus stepped onto this continent, what would it look like?

"It would have looked like a mess," Bob Hamilton said. "It was a shifting patch mosaic of a landscape."

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Hamilton is director of the 38,700-acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Okla. The Nature Conservancy, an international non-profit conservation group, owns and manages the property located in the Big Osage region of Oklahoma just south of the Kansas border.

That acreage is just a small part of the original tallgrass prairie that covered nearly 142 million acres across 14 states. The natural forces that created this unique ecosystem were climate, fire, and grazing. Those forces are still at work today.

"Our objective, when we got into this project back in the late 1980s, was to protect plants and animals native to the tallgrass ecosystem," Hamilton said. "The best way to do that is to have their habitats functioning in a natural way--as close as we can get to the pre-settlement system."

If you want that type of system, then you need wildlife and habitat diversity. Conservationists refer to this as heterogeneity, which means variability or diversity of habitat types. On the 24,000-acre bison unit within the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Hamilton is attempting to accomplish this with patch burning.


2012 farm bill discussions under way
All-University Open House April 24 a fun way to learn more about K-State
American Farmland Trust releases climate-change legislation study
Application deadline for ag-based summer courses is May 1
Charity Navigator downgrades HSUS' ranking
Extension names summer interns
ICBA Community Banking Month recognized in April
Iowa agriculture secretary travels to Asia
Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 1 to 2 in Leavenworth
KSU ag events scheduled
'Nebraska Agriculture: Thank A Farmer' Poster Contest Winners named
New testing method hints at garlic's cancer-fighting potential
Policy specialists discuss farm bill
Running on the power of protein in Boston
SD Stockgrowers agritourism business course graduates 30
SD Stockgrowers Association recognizes agritourism course graduates
Spring 2010 Issue of K-State Ag Report Available Online
USDA announces formation of collaborative forest landscape restoration advisory committee
USDA highlights efforts to improve school meals and children's health
UW educators receive award for online teaching quality
Vilsack in Japan to promote U.S. agricultural exports
Volunteers gather weather info to help communities avoid disasters
Workshop on exporting to Cuba scheduled April 21


Arkansas crop conditions: Wheat fair, ryegrass strong
ARS combats corn earworms
ARS researching camelina as a new biofuel crop
Big Horn Basin confection sunflower production strategy session set for March 31
Boren, Blunt, Boozman announce April 19 Regional Water Summit
Cellulosic ethanol: Expanding options, identifying obstacles
Deadline approaches for CAWG scholarships
Field day set to benefit new ag producers
Finding successful yet cost-effective approaches to controlling nematodes
Free vineyard sprayer workshop scheduled April 14 in Cat Spring
Grain-grading workshops planned for May in Amarillo
Kansas counties working to include agriculture in emergency plans
Kansas farmers start planting corn
K-State professor to serve on a National Research Council committee studying biofuels
Leadership At Its Best program seeking applicants for 2010-2011
Missouri farmers bring corn to the classroom
NMSU's Extension viticulture specialist honored for service
NRC report examines biotech's benefits for U.S. farmers
NRCS announces funding for Texas water conservation projects
Oklahoma Cotton Council prepares for predicted 2010 increase in cotton acres
Options for springtime pond weed management
OSU Winter Canola Field Day set for April 22
Researchers make recommendations for limited irrigation farming
Ryegrass emerging as tough foe for wheat, soybean growers
Ryegrass emerging as tough foe for wheat, soybean growers
Soybean seed quality for 2010 good despite wet 2009
Study: Not extending ethanol tax credit would cost Nebraska nearly 14,000 jobs
Two NMSU weed scientists selected as Western Society of Weed Science fellows
UNL researchers leading the way in algal biofuels
Wheat, cotton rotation a winning combination
Winter Canola Field Days planned April 23


AngusSource regulars keep it up
Artisan cheese makers find niche, attend MU workshop
Cattlemen urge DHS to increase border security
Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation awards scholarships
Laramie producer receives agriculturalist award from UW honor society
'Managing Resources for Profit' livestock field day set for April 20
NCBA, PLC continue the push for estate tax reform
New case of bovine TB found
Reward being offered after AZ rancher slain
Rocky Mountain Junior Beef Expo
State offers tips for cattle producers
Texas, Korea partnership extended for beef studies
Top national animal composting experts will speak at May 14 webinar


Cruise control versus drag race
Let's not make the news
No more bacon and eggs?
Transparency is everything


Colostrum product now available in multi species formula
Immigration frustration
Just a scoop full
Move over, hijackers
New sorghum sudangrass debuts
New technology solves odor problems in animal production
Sniff, sniff, ahhh...


Aberdeen livestock sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions ranged from fair to good
All grains close day higher
Amarillo Livestock Auction
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Breezy conditions allow fields to dry out
Carthage-Joplin cattle sale report
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Corn plantings, crop progress continue to do well
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Farmers start planting corn
Favorable weather conditions welcomed by producers
Fort Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
High Plains livestock sales report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
More than half of farmers have not started field work
New crop alfalfa selling moderate
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction
OKC West livestock auction
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock auction
Prices, trading continue steady
Salina cattle auction report
Small grain planting advanced under warm temperatures
Spring crops continue to make progress
Spring field work progressing
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
St. Onge livestock sales report
State sees both rain, snow
Superior video auction report
Texoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm, dry weather helps planting
West Plains livestock sales report
Wet conditions early in week stall progress
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


CRP burning period extended in eastern half of Kansas
CRP information program
Federal agencies sign agreement to protect sage-grouse habitat
Grasshopper outlook strikes fear on Western range
Make sure you are in compliance when controlling prairie dogs
NRCS in Colorado helps protect the sage grouse
Patching together a messy landscape
Rotational grazing reduces starling population
Tour features forage systems in SW Arkansas


Agriculture department hopes to save wildlife habitat
DOW working on bighorn management in the Gunnison area
Fencing keeps feral hogs out without limiting deer access to feeders
Fencing keeps feral hogs out without limiting deer access to feeders
Lucinda has room for just about everyone
Meditation for 4-19-10
NMSU Valencia County Extension hosts hoop house workshop in Bosque Farms
Now is the time for tomatoes
Online tomato course ripe for picking
Pennywise for 4-19-10
Radon in the Home program in Akron March 17
Southern Oklahoma Farm & Lifestyle Show
Spring is in the kitchen
That Little Hometown Cafe
The dish on dairy
Topping trees is a common but harmful pruning practice
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Western-theme carnival planned for March 27
Wyoming chefs compete in commodity foods cookoff
Youth Hunter Education Challenge coming to Flagler

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