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  • A combine is used to harvest native prairie seed in the fall.  Dunn Ranch staff collect 10,000-20,000 pounds of seed each year.
  • After harvest, the native seed is dried and then stored in a grain bin until it is ready to be replanted in the winter.
  • After it's been dried, the native seed is cleaned by a specialized machine.
  • Hand-harvested seed is dried on screens and then cleaned using a smaller, hand-operated seed cleaner.
  • The cleaned and dried native seed is then bagged. Each bag weighs approximately 50 pounds.
  • In the winter, the seed is spread out onto the ground using a seeder like the one above. Approximately 500 acres have been seeded each year since 2008.
  • The Conservancy manages prairie restorations with periodic controlled burns, which help native species thrive and rid the landscape of invasive species.
  • Bison are also used to properly manage native grasslands. Grazing, wallowing, and roaming shape the landscape, keeping it healthy and vibrant.
  • The striking results of a successful restoration seeding at Dunn Ranch Prairie.
Dunn Ranch Prairie Restoration

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