6. The Kichler Farm Tallgrass Prairie Projects

Native prairie grass on Kichler farm at corner of Hillcrest Road and County Road #1

The above photo illustrates native prairie grass on the Kichler farm at the corner of Hillcrest Road and County Road #1,. The photo was taken on August 7, 2013.

The Kichler farm – a tobacco and grain operation – joined the ALUS program in 2008 with the implementation of a tallgrass prairie project on their farm. In 2009, the Kichlers added two more tallgrass prairie projects on a former corn and soybean field on a property along County Road 1.

These two prairie projects occupy 2.5 and 3 acres, and were planted with Big bluestem, Indian grass, and Switchgrass. A diverse mix of forbs were also planted in both of these prairies, including, Round-headed Bushclover, Showy Tick-trefoil, Panicled Tick-trefoil, Sweet Ox-eye, Hoary Vervain, Brown-eyed Susan, Virginia Mountain Mint, New Jersey Tea, Evening Primrose, Hairy Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beard-tongue, Butterfly Weed, Wild Bergamot, Early Goldenrod, Grey Goldenrod, Sky Blue Aster, and Flat-topped Aster.

Restoration of tallgrass prairie ecosystems contribute to a diverse and healthy landscape, which in turn will support a wide variety of species, several of which are at risk. Tallgrass prairie has been shown to be effective at storing carbon below the soil surface, deep within its root system.  This tallgrass prairie site also adds additional edge/open habitat to compliment the surrounding woodlots. Moreover, the addition of forbs with different flowering times throughout the spring and summer months, creates a food supply for native pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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Coordinates to view tallgrass prairie project 1: 42⁰49’46.78”N 80⁰20’6.157”W
Coordinates to view tallgrass prairie project 2: 42⁰49’48.493”N 80⁰20’0.137”W

 

Contact Name: 
Denika Piggott
Telephone: 
519-420-8127
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