Every prairie is unique based upon the soil type, topography, rainfall, management history, etc. The following is a list of some of the valuable resources and contact information of local experts on prairies throughout the central states.


NE Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503 
The Nature Conservancy
Nebraska Field Office
1007 Leavenworth St.
Omaha, NE 68102
 Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
P.O. Box 117
Denton, NE 68339
Prairie Plains Resource Institute       
1307 L St.
Aurora, NE 68818
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Resources Conservation Service
Iowa Prairie Network
Gerry Steinauer 
Botanist of NE Game & Parks
Northern Prairie Land Trust/NGPC  
5109 W Scott Road
Beatrice, NE 68310
Patch- Burn Grazing Listserve 
Cade B. Rensink
Pheasants Forever
Pete Berthelson
1011 Alexander Ave.
Elba, NE 68835
Diversity Farms, Inc.
Jon Judson
25494 320th St.
Dedham, IA 51440
David Carr–prescribed fire
Central Platte NRD
215 N Kaaufman Ave.
Grand Island, NE 68803
Nebraska Weed Control Association
2807 West 2nd St.
Grand Island, NE 68803
Nebraska Invasive Species Project
Karie Decker–coordinator
909 Hardin Hall
UNL/3310 Holdrege St.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0984
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0961
 Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rm 152, Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE  68508-3866
Sandhills Task Force
81830 Hwy 2
Anselmo, NE 68813
 Kay Kottas
Prairie Legacy, Inc.
Stock Seed  Farms 
Arrow Seed 
Star Seed 
Seed with genetic origins in Nebraska;
Prairie Moon Nursery–native seed and plants for prairie, meadow, wetland, savana, and woodland
Shoestring Acres Seed–local Nebraska harvested seed
Ion Exchange, Inc.–native wildflowers & prairie plants appropriate for the eastern edge of Nebraska
Great Plains Nursery –As a specialty nursery, they focus on growing high quality plants that are native or especially suited to the Midwest climate
 Prairie Legacy, Inc.–At Prairie Legacy Inc. our goal is to provide high quality botanical surveys and  products for your restoration goals as well as native plants for restorations and landscaping needs. We provide botanical inventories and positive identification of native plant species for landowners, government agencies, contractors, and plant industry professionals.   We contract grow locally collected seed specifically for your restoration project.


North American Prairie by J.E. Waver, 1954 Johnsen Publishing

 Prairie: A Natural History by C. Savage, 2004. Greystone Books.

Enchanted by Prairie by Bill Witt and Osha Gray Davidson

Prairie: a North American Guide by Suzanne Winckler


The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States by Chris Helzer, 2010.  The Nature Conservancy. University  of Iowa Press.

The Tallgrass Praire Restoration Handbook by S. Packard and C.f. Mutel, 1997. Society for Ecological Research. Island Press.

Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie: An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper Midwest by Shirley Shirley

A Guide to Prairie and Wetland Restoration in Eastern Nebraska by G. Steinauer, W. Whitney, K. Adams, M. Bullerman and C. Helzer, 2003. Prairie Plains Resource Institute/Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction by Carl Kurtz


Flora of the Great Plains by T. Barkley, 1986. Great Plains Flora Association. University Press of Kansas.

Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains by J. Farrar, 1999. Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

The Flora of Nebraska by R.B Kaul, D. Sutherland and S. Rolfsmeier, 2007. School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers by D. Ladd, 2005. Falcon Press

Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide by M.J. Haddock, 2005. University Press of Kansas.

Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains by J.R. Johnson and G.E. Larson, 1999. College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University.

The Vegetation of Wisconsin by J.T. Curtis, 1959. University of Wisconsin Press.

An illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants by Paul Christiansen and Mark Muller.

Invasive Plants: A Guide to Identification, Impacts, and Control of Common North American Species by S.R. Kaufman and W. Kaufman, 2007. Stackpole Books.

Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest by E.J. Czarapata, 2005. University of Wisconsin Press.

Field Guide To Wildflowers of Nebraksa and the Great Plains  by Jon Farrar  second edition

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