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  • Preserves - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    and Other Education Education Center Ribbons of Prairie Send to a Friend Home Preserves Preserves A Network of Campuses Whether it s kids discovering scientists researching or families spending time together we provide places that allow people to enjoy the land Prairie Plains Resource Institute has pioneered grassland management and educational activities on its network of seven native prairie preserves beginning at a time when few such preserves existed in central Nebraska The Great Plains has very few land trust organizations and very little public land Since 1983 Prairie Plains has received gifts of six exceptional prairie natural areas and has purchased one other site PPRI also added to a donated site with a purchase These seven preserves encompassing 5800 acres are representative samples of the North American grassland ecosystem and we invite you to experience the unique beauty that each site has to offer Prairie Preserve Scrapbook Experience the beauty of our seven prairie preserves Get more information on each property Lincoln Creek Prairie and Trail Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve Olson Nature Preserve Guadalcanal Memorial Prairie Ranch Griffith Prairie and Farm Frank L and Lillian Pokorny Memorial Prairie Prairie Plains Resource Institute 1307 L Street

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  • Lincoln Creek Prairie and Trail - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    high diversity prairie restoration activities through the 1980s In the 1990s additional prairie plantings were completed across the highway north on Leadership Center ground The trail began to take form in the 90s as well and included a collaborative project to construct an experimental bridge across the Lincoln Creek on Leadership Center property With completion of the bridge and additional trail work by the City the trail now extends from the east edge of town westerly to Streeter Park and the north residential area of Parkview Estates Unique Features Although relatively small in acreage 16 acres the PPRI Lincoln Creek land is special for a number of reasons It is very accessible to the community from a residential street and contains both wild prairie and wooded areas as well as maintained park like areas The trail makes walking running or biking easy through the prairie Also with its creekbed and meadow terrain next to productive cropland at the town s edge it offers visitors subtle beautiful scenery through the four seasons This preserve is important to PPRI history because it is where the early attempts to plant high diversity prairies 100 species from harvested seed took place There are five different plantings on the PPRI land also four plantings on Leadership Center land north of Highway 34 Stewardship Prescribed burning has continued on a regular basis since 1981 primarily to control brome grass and to encourage the growth of native grasses and wildflowers Future plans for the area are to make the manicured west area into a pocket park and to develop a sculpture garden Location Located at N Street and McCullough Lane in Aurora Nebraska GPS Coordinates Latitude Longitude NAD83 N40 52 11 5 W97 59 20 8 UTM NAD83 Zone 14N 585186 easting 4524802 northing More Information See

    Original URL path: http://www.prairieplains.org/lincoln_creek_prairie_and_trail.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    attacked the United States fleet harbored there His gift of land is dedicated to those who survived this attack One quarter section 160 acres of the property is in cropland which is used to provide management funds for the land The other quarter section is native prairie some never broken some restored to high diversity prairie and some eroded hill land in a go back condition recovering from past farming activity Mr Juhl endowed the property with a small bison herd which still roams the hills Unique Features The Central Nebraska Loess Hills have a beauty all their own large rolling hills breaking into the distance At the Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve the hills drain northward toward the South Loup River near Pleasanton The prairie is characterized by a mix of short grasses like sideoats and blue grammas and tall grasses such as big bluestem and Indiangrass depending on soil moisture conditions There are a variety of wildflowers such as leadplant prairie violet prairie clover purple coneflower prairie turnip and many more Wildlife includes mule and white tail deer jackrabbits badger coyotes and various bird species Stewardship Prescribed burning has been carried out on occasion since 1987 primarily to discourage smooth brome grass and to stimulate the growth of native grasses and wildflowers Prescribed grazing is done annually during the spring and fall also to help control smooth brome Much has been learned on this preserve over the past 20 years regarding management and restoration of this landscape Burning and grazing activities the two main factors driving the prairie ecosystem are essential in its restoration to productive agricultural or wildlife uses Location Located six miles north of Riverdale on Riverdale Road then west two miles on Pole Line Road Buffalo County north of Kearney NE GPS Coordinates Latitude Longitude NAD83

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  • Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    remnant the Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve has been the site of many stewardship and restoration activities including tree cutting sumac attack prairie planting and burning and seed harvesting It has served as an outdoor classroom for local schools and is a frequent destination for Summer Orientation About Rivers SOAR a nature day camp for elementary students Unique Features Ratzlaff Prairie is a rare natural and historic landmark because it has never been broken for cropland production and exists on one of the best cropland soils in the world It contains many typical tallgrass prairie species including such things as big bluestem Indiangrass switchgrass leadplant prairie clover and wild rose to name but a few of nearly 100 species Wildlife observed at Ratzlaff includes grasshopper sparrows meadowlarks dickcissels badgers coyotes foxes and many smaller mammals Stewardship Burning grazing prairie restoration planting and woodland cutting have always been a part of the long term management plan for this preserve Beginning in 1997 tree and sumac cutting in the draw was combined with burning to slow woodland expansion into the prairie In 2001 10 9 acres of cropland at the north end of the preserve was donated by the Ratzlaffs and hand seeded with a high diversity prairie seed mix With completion of a perimeter fence and stock well in 2004 occasional grazing also takes place Grazing helps sustain the native plant diversity and discourage unwanted plants such as smooth brome grass and bluegrass Location Located 5 5 miles south of Interstate 80 Exit 338 in Hamilton County Nebraska GIS Coordinates Latitude Longitude NAD83 N40 44 13 1 W97 52 54 1 UTM NAD83 Zone 14N 594425 easting 4510162 northing More Information See aerial photo of Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve Read more about Marie Ratzlaff Prairie Preserve in a 2005 spotlight article featured

    Original URL path: http://www.prairieplains.org/marie_ratzlaff_prairie_preserve.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Olson Nature Preserve - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    the area at the base of the oak grove abound with typical Loup River Watershed wetland plants and animals History In 1992 a group of local citizens approached four beneficiaries of the Grant and Berenice Olson estate to request that an ecologically diverse portion of their 1 200 acre ranch be set aside for public use Norm Smith of Albion directed an extensive feasibility study of the area to substantiate the need for this unique outdoor classroom The beneficiaries unanimously agreed to the arrangement and in 1995 Prairie Plains Resource Institute took ownership of a 77 acre tract and later worked out an agreement to lease an additional 35 acres from Niewohner Farms Since that time the preserve has become a hub of activity for area schools scouts and countless other groups Unique Features ONP lies at the easternmost tip of the sandhills and includes more than a half mile stretch of Beaver Creek a perennial spring fed stream that forms the geological boundary between the sandhills and the rolling loess hardlands to the east Besides Beaver Creek ONP s natural assets include a cottonwood grove oxbow wetlands lowland tallgrass and sandhills prairie oak forest covering and extensive east facing escarpment and a small sandy canyon area Stewardship The ONP Land Stewards are educators and community members who take responsibility for overseeing the Preserve with the advice and leadership of Prairie Plains ensuring that the outdoor classroom is serving its purpose Prescribed burning has been conducted on occasion and many Scout projects including cedar removal trail design and bench and shelter construction have improved the condition and usability of the preserve Grazing has also been used as a management tool Location Located 8 miles north of Albion Nebraska on Hwy 14 left on Y Road one mile to entrance gate

    Original URL path: http://www.prairieplains.org/olson_nature_preserve.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Guadalcanal Memorial Prairie and Ranch - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    gift in 1993 from Howard Juhl According to the original gift agreement Mr Juhl maintained the use and management of the land until 2005 whereby he assigned full ownership to Prairie Plains His dedication of the property is in memory of the World War II Pacific campaign at Guadalcanal where he was involved as a Navy diver This is the second land gift from Mr Juhl the first was his 1983 gift of his family land of 320 acres in Buffalo County Nebraska which is dedicated as the Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve Mr Juhl purchased the ranch in 1992 from Martin Marshall He was impressed by the beauty as well as the history of the area and was able to visit for extended periods at least twice a year from his home in Los Angeles Unique Features This northwest Nebraska landscape includes incredible vistas across the headwaters of the Niobrara River and to Wyoming s Rawhide Hills to the west It also has numerous small valleys and draws steep cliffs and buttes a length of the Niobrara River and lowland meadows Because of its geology variety of landforms and water features this ranch contains an unusual variety of native grassland plants and animals In addition there are fascinating fossil beds under exploration by the University of Nebraska History is very accessible in northwestern Nebraska The historic aspects of the Guadalcanal Memorial Ranch area complement the stories that visitors can explore at the museum in Harrison Agate Springs National Monument the Hudson Meng Bison Kill site and Fort Robinson State Park Stewardship and Mission Watershed Initiative Maintain sustainable water source in upper Niobrara Watershed Grasslands Maintain a sustainable native grassland base to support a working ranch while also maintaining biodiversity Education Research Provide and encourage opportunities for people to enhance their

    Original URL path: http://www.prairieplains.org/guadalcanal_memorial_prairie_ranch.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Griffith Prairie & Farm - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    Summer Orientation About Rivers a summer nature day camp for area students In 2001 the Griffiths offered to sell their Platte River bluff property to Prairie Plains and the rest is history Considered to be one of the best loess hills prairies in Central Nebraska the preserve offers many opportunities for people of all ages and levels of interest and the construction of the Prairie Plains Education Center will allow us to reach an even larger audience with our mission Unique Features The land has open vistas intimate small valleys and draws steep cliffs ravines and 0 6 miles of Platte River frontage Because of the hill and bluff topography and the proximity to the wide Platte Valley the preserve seems expansive Guests can explore its many facets on or off the mowed trails and never exhaust all the opportunities for discovery Stewardship Prescribed burning has continued on a regular basis primarily to control the spread of eastern redcedar trees Cedar tree clearing will continue until almost all cedars are gone Grazing and prescribed fire are used annually to manage the diverse native prairie vegetation for purposes of enjoyment by people native seed production and wildlife habitat Eighteen acres of cropland east of the farmstead were planted with a high diversity prairie seed mix in the early 2000s Despite many dry years wildflower diversity and grass establishment continue to improve Location Hwy 14 to Marquette corner 4 miles west 0 5 miles north GPS Coordinates Latitude Longitude NAD83 N41 00 52 3 W98 04 30 9 UTM NAD83 Zone 14N 577756 easting 4540782 northing More Information Download a trail map and take a hike See an aerial photo of Griffith Prairie Farm Download a brochure for Griffith Prairie and Farm Check out photos of Griffith Prairie and Farm and other

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  • Frank L. and Lillian Pokorny Memorial Prairie - Prairie Plains Resource Institute
    adjoining cropland to the north of the original prairie The cropland half of the preserve is the site of a highly successful prairie restoration planting completed in the spring of 2003 Seeds from many tallgrass prairie species were harvested during 2002 from existing eastern Nebraska prairie remnants and roadsides and then were sown into soybean stubble With timely rainfall the planting proved a rapid success It will develop over time into a diverse assemblage of grasses and wildflowers and complement the existing virgin prairie Seeds for additional PPRI prairie restoration efforts in northeast Nebraska at Ponca State Park and another site in Wayne County have been harvested from the virgin prairie Unique Features The south half 20 acres of the Pokorny Memorial Prairie is a rare natural and historic landmark because it exists on highly productive cropland soil yet has never been broken for crop production purposes Native prairies such as this are extremely rare in eastern Nebraska The prairie contains many typical tallgrass prairie species including big bluestem Indiangrass switchgrass leadplant prairie clover and wild rose to name but a few Common wildlife at Pokorny Prairie includes grasshopper sparrows meadowlarks dicksissels bobolinks badgers coyotes foxes and many smaller mammals Stewardship Stewardship activities since 2002 have included tree and shrub cutting along the fencerows constructing a new perimeter fence installing a livestock well and conducting a series of prescribed burns Burning grazing and woody plant cutting will be part of the long term management plan for this preserve to combat the accumulative negative effects on the native plant community of non native smooth brome and tree or shrub encroachment into the grassland GPS Coordinates Latitude Longitude NAD83 N41 36 43 0 W97 06 31 6 UTM NAD83 Zone 14N 657578 easting 4608419 northing More Information See an aerial photo of

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