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.
CONTACTS:NE Game & Parks Commission 2200 N 33rd Street Lincoln, NE 68503 firstname.lastname@example.org – The Nature Conservancy Nebraska Field Office 1007 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-342-0282 email@example.com – Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center P.O. Box 117 Denton, NE 68339 402-797-2301 – Prairie Plains Resource Institute 1307 L St. Aurora, NE 68818 402-694-5535 firstname.lastname@example.org – U.S. Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service – Iowa Prairie Network www.iowaprairienetwork.org – Gerry Steinauer Botanist of NE Game & Parks 402-694-2498 email@example.com – Northern Prairie Land Trust/NGPC 5109 W Scott Road Beatrice, NE 68310 402-228-0276 firstname.lastname@example.org – Patch- Burn Grazing Listserve Cade B. Rensink email@example.com – Pheasants Forever Pete Berthelson 1011 Alexander Ave. Elba, NE 68835 308-390-0848 – Diversity Farms, Inc. Jon Judson 25494 320th St. Dedham, IA 51440 712-683-5555 – David Carr–prescribed fire Central Platte NRD 215 N Kaaufman Ave. Grand Island, NE 68803 308-385-6282 – Nebraska Weed Control Association 2807 West 2nd St. Grand Island, NE 68803 308-385-5097 – Nebraska Invasive Species Project Karie Decker–coordinator 909 Hardin Hall UNL/3310 Holdrege St. Lincoln, NE 68583-0984 402-472-3133 firstname.lastname@example.org – School of Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hardin Hall 3310 Holdrege St. Lincoln, NE 68583-0961 402-472-3471 – Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rm 152, Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508-3866 402-437-5300 – Sandhills Task Force 81830 Hwy 2 Anselmo, NE 68813 308-749-2413 email@example.com – Kay Kottas Prairie Legacy, Inc. COMMERCIAL SEED SOURCES: 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. RESOURCES:
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