Just this fall and winter, after three years of field preparation, the upper fields of Cornerstone’s prairie were seeded with a massive mix of over 30 annual and perennial native grasses and forbs. The annuals will quickly establish cover, hold the soil and push out invasive species seed that may make their way into the field this winter. The perennials will develop and crowd out successive year’s annual seed, establishing a cover of native grasses and forbs producing nectar resources for critical species like Fender’s blue butterfly.
Five weeks after the seed was drilled into the field, just as the first seeds showed signs of germination and growth, the Institute for Applied Ecology’s contracted AmeriCorps crew, IAE and Polk SWCD staff, and volunteers, spent a beautiful day hand-planting over 3,000 plugs of Willamette Daisy.
Want to know more?!? Stay tuned for our winter issue of Cultivating!
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