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I've seen round-headed bushclover growing on very poor soils, including a once-scraped site that had lost almost all its other prairie species. It's fun to open the brown fuzzy seed capsules and show prairie newbies the smooth hard real seeds inside. This plant is also an example of the special challenges that face urban prairie designers, especially those designing prairie plantings that will be seen by lots of people, such as corporate landscaping. Many tallgrass prairie plants have evolved to grow in dense tall communities where the plants structurally support each other. Some unsupported tallgrass plants just flop, literally. Designers who want people to like urban prairie plantings often try to use the species that are good at staying upright on their own. Doing good urban prairie plantings that the general public will enjoy and accept takes special skill. I don't have that skill, but I admire it.
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I signed up for the free plan with Arcadia last month. They paid my bill to MidAm within eight days after they withdrew the funds from my account, and I got a $10 credit/bonus with my first bill for signing up. Thanks for the explanation and outlining the other options.
I appreciate this post. And I see in Lynch's story that all four of these Republican farmers say they want to address soil conservation and water quality. I'm guessing they would all want to continue the current Iowa approach to farm pollution, which has no standards, no schedule, no deadlines, no requirements, limited public information, a disorganized scattershot approach, and using as huge a percentage of public money to pay for private pollution reduction as farm groups can manage to grab. If that's not true, I'd be very interested.
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I hope it won't be Annette Sweeney, but if Grassley doesn't get the position, she seems the most likely pick. And Sweeney would get along very well with Cathy Stepp, the Wisconsin DNR Secretary who will soon be an administrator in the EPA region that includes Iowa. Stepp did a lot to dismantle natural resource protection in Wisconsin and has said she wants to do similar things on "the national stage." I'm a little surprised Stepp's appointment hasn't gotten more media attention in Iowa, but there is always so much to report these days.
Dems looking to rekindle some sense of connection with rural Iowa may have been given a very powerful issue. Reynolds gave away (y)our tax money to the most profitable company in the world for....what? Her giddiness in the presence of Apple's CEO, while understandable, confirmed what I feared: Cook and Co. saw her coming and picked her (our) pockets like the world-class dealmakers that they are. Oh well, Maybe Apple can outfit each Iowa nursing home and care facility with iPads and iChat so state ombudsmen can at least remotely check in with the clients they can't afford to visit in person. Sincere thanks for your reporting.
I appreciate this tribute to railroad prairie remnants. They can be amazing places with really interesting diverse plants. Unfortunately, many Iowa railroad prairies, even some that are officially protected by public ownership, are being lost to invasions by shrubs, trees, and invasive exotics. They need prescribed fires, chainsaw help, and spot herbicide treatment that they are not getting. Iowa badly needs more natural resource funding. Land managers are overwhelmed with too much work. Iowa's remaining small remnants need to be saved, partly so we'll continue to have models for our prairie plantings to aim for. Even our best plantings don't match the best originals.
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