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Ft Keogh Russian Olive

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McLaughlin in spring

Snow coming!
Snow coming!

Almost here
Almost here

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Plot with plants marked

Nine plots per block
Nine plots per block

Snow in March
Snow in March

Pond near some plots
Pond near some plots

Bond block marked with flags
Bond block marked with flags

Ground view
Ground view

Majestic manzanita
Majestic manzanita

Block near core shed
Block near core shed

Block near Otter Pond
Block near Otter Pond

Another Majestic Manzanita
Another Majestic Manzanita

Small filago
Small filago

on the "to identify" list
on the "to identify" list

Rock creek
Rock creek

Common garden2

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Grazing Exclosures

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Common garden

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The wild onion I'm in love with

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wild onion - my new plant love

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downed flags
downed flags
flagging on the plots suffered some from the cows
cow in plots
cow in plots
if you look hard you can see a flag by the front hoof
flags repaired
flags repaired
here's what the tableland site looks like with flags restored
cover treatment
cover treatment
I used burlap bags for a "non-biotic" cover treatment
simulated drill seeding
simulated drill seeding
These are the "drill rows" in a plot.  I am comparing drill seeding to broadcast seeding.  I think that the two will have different seedling establishment in space, and that plant-plant interactions will therefore be different in the two seeding types.  These plant-plant interactions may have an influence on seeding success.
Transplanted plugs
Transplanted plugs
This is what the neighborhood looked like after we were done transplanting grasses from the intact vegetation into the restoration plots.
Transplanting
Transplanting
Here, Jill, Jeannie, and Mary are transplanting grass plugs into the pots.
More transplanting
More transplanting

GPS team
GPS team
Mo and Laura are working out the sampling methods for tracking natural vegetation recovery along the pipeline.
Co-operation
Co-operation
Vern, one of the ranch owners, and Mo share a laugh.
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Latest news

McLaughlin pictures

These latest pictures are from a new set of experiments I am doing in California.  I am delving more into the competitive and facilitative relationships among the annual plants at McLaughlin reserve. This first experiment simply asks if plants are capable of compensatory growth: if neighbors are removed, are plants able to utilize more resources and grow bigger?


Resurrection Poa Secunda

I just added pictures taken today from my common garden just north of town. It's been snowing on and off for the last few weeks.  Raining too.  It has been cold.  And about half of the plants that I thought did not survive the transplant about a year ago are just now showing signs of life. They live!  And, now, once again the question is: Will they survive??

Four Wheel Drive in August

Those are pictures from a cut-off I took from Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit) over to Bear Butte.  It went by Scoria Dam. Saved on mileage, not on time.  It was fun driving, though.

Spring is finally here

Well, the restoration experiment at the ranch didn't work.  Too much soil movement over the winter from runoff, cows using the pipeline as a trail. The transplants died, then a mechanical raking occurred that nobody knew about, probably distributing my planted seeds far and wide.

The good news is that I learned a lot about the need for infrastructure in restoration out here. No small experiments allowed.  For my next trick, I will collaborate with people who are doing large-scale restorations and put my tiny little plots inside.

I am still going to work at the ranch, though, on natural vegetation recovery and weed encroachment.

My common garden with the Poa secunda (pictured) is proceeding non-agronomically, unlike the other gardens.  Lots of my plants died over the winter.  Lots of them got a little green this year and died before reproducing.  Some are sending up sterile inflorescences.  Some are actually heading and filling seeds.  And some are these happy little green bushy things, not flowering yet.  It makes measuring the plants pretty herky-jerky, as measurements are supposed to take place at certain phenological stages.

I'm happy to be out in the field again.  It's been a long winter inside.

Two research projects begun!

We started two research projects at Beaver Creek Ranch near Trotters, ND last week.

One project is to determine if existing perennial bunchgrasses help or hinder the establishment of restoration seedings.  We spent Friday transplanting grasses into disturbed areas for one of our experimental treatments.

The other project is to examine the natural revegetation process of disturbed areas in the Northern Prairie.  In particular we want to know if colonization occurs from neighboring vegetation, or from roadside (weed) populations.


Trip to Ranch near Trotters, ND

I went to this ranch to scope it out as a possible field site.  The perennial Beaver Creek runs through it.  Elk and mule deer cavort.

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