Ft Keogh Russian Olive
McLaughlin in spring
Plot with plants marked
Nine plots per block
Snow in March
Pond near some plots
Bond block marked with flags
Block near core shed
Block near Otter Pond
Another Majestic Manzanita
on the "to identify" list
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The wild onion I'm in love with
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wild onion - my new plant love
flagging on the plots suffered some from the cows
cow in plots
if you look hard you can see a flag by the front hoof
here's what the tableland site looks like with flags restored
I used burlap bags for a "non-biotic" cover treatment
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.
This is what the neighborhood looked like after we were done transplanting grasses from the intact vegetation into the restoration plots.
Here, Jill, Jeannie, and Mary are transplanting grass plugs into the pots.
Mo and Laura are working out the sampling methods for tracking natural vegetation recovery along the pipeline.
Vern, one of the ranch owners, and Mo share a laugh.
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.