Pickin’ up good vibrations on the prairie

“Although we think of restoration as a science, it’s also about creativity. Prairie restoration begins with a vision. The dream of how the land might be healed, imagined in the mind of a steward or site manager.” So writes author Cindy Crosby in Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit.

On Tuesday, June 14, prairie restoration—and the use of creativity and imagination in the process—will be the focus of a field trip hosted by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network. Titled “If You Listen Carefully, It Sounds Like Love,” the event, its website says, will be “a celebration of beauty in the sounds of nine Ohio prairie seeds”—including wild bergamot, big bluestem, little bluestem, dogbane, and milkweed—“and the steps we can take as a bioregional community to help them thrive again.”

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CFAES sustainability news, May 17, 2022

Science, May 16, 2022; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Yale E360, May 10, 2022; featuring Joyce Chen, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Phys.org, May 8, 2022; featuring Justin Chaffin, Stone Lab

And which maples would those be?

“While sugar maple is considered ‘the’ tree to tap for syrup, there are also other maples you can tap.” 

Those are the words of Kathy Smith, forestry program director for the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources. She’s one of the organizers of our upcoming Maple Bootcamp, which will let you know which maples those are, along with a whole lot more.