Over $25,000 in grants support public education and outreach
and Federal and private funding allows dramatic increase
in habitat restoration. Contractors removed invasive black
locust trees from 25 acres and 21 acres were planted with
native grasses and wildflowers including wild blue lupine.
The project was assisted by the Commission’s new John
Deere tractor and Truax seed drill. Over 30 acres of new
habitat have been planted in the Preserve over the past three
years. Monitoring data indicates that the Karner Blue butterfly
population at the restoration sites has increased further
illustrating that restoration is feasible and effective.
The Federal Recovery team is meeting this summer in Wisconsin.
The team includes representatives of the 14 recovery units
throughout the Karner Blue’s former range.
Volunteers needed: September 11 & October 9 & 23:
Native Seed Collection: November 6 & 13 & 20: Locust
Weed Warriers (using hand saws & loppers to cut small
black locust trees); December 11: Trail Maintenance. Call 785-1800
x100 to sign up to participate.
Printed in the September/October SPB Newsletter