Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Project Seeks to Restore Prairie Acre at KU

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Project Seeks to Restore Prairie Acre at KU

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LAWRENCE -- A student project at the University of Kansas has revived efforts to restore the Prairie Acre, the last remaining piece of native prairie on the university's campus.

The land on the hill behind Blake and Twente halls, actually just one-third of an acre, was designated in 1932 as a landscape to remain undeveloped and protected by KU, according to a news release. However, the patch of prairie has been unable to maintain its original diversity of species, 80 percent of which have been lost because of encroaching trees and grasses and hesitation to adequately burn the native grasses.

But, according to the release, a project of the KU Environmental Studies Program Capstone course stoked interest in restoring the prairie, implementing a long-term maintenance plan and using it to provide diverse and hands-on learning opportunities. …

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