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DNR?seeks volunteers for seed harvest

Weather produces early prairie blooms

July 22, 2012
Messenger News

LEHIGH - A Prairie Resource Center Volunteer Harvest Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, 2820 Brushy Creek Road, Lehigh.

According to a press release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, this year's uncommon weather has produced early blooming of the native prairie plants, and they are now ready to harvest.

Activities will include harvesting the seeds from native prairie flowers such as pale purple coneflower, indigo and coreopsis.

Participants can learn while they pick and walk the various diverse prairie plots. Other native wild flowers will be in full bloom in the seed production plots and can be viewed.

The seed harvested at this event will help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reconstruct prairie throughout the state.

Participants should bring gloves, appropriate footwear, bug spray, drinking water and any questions they have regarding Iowa's native prairies.

To find the Iowa DNR Prairie Resource Center, where participants should meet, take U.S. Highway 20, then turn south on County Road P73 and travel 4 miles. Then, turn east onto Lake View Drive, a road that will wind through Brushy Creek. Eventually, it will turn south just past the lake dam. Proceed about another half mile, and the Prairie Resource Center will be the second set of buildings on the east side of the road.

For more information, contact Bill Johnson, at William.Johnson@dnr.iowa.gov or Therese Parys, at therese.parys@dnr.iowa.gov.

 
 

 

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