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2012-05-03 19:57:40

Unprecedented long-term study conducted over 14-year period at U's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Vegetation, such as a patch of prairie or a forest stand, is more productive in the long run when more plant species are present, a new University of Minnesota study shows. The unprecedented long-term study of plant biodiversity found that each species plays a role in maintaining a productive ecosystem, especially when a long time horizon is considered. The study found that every...

2012-04-27 23:02:50

The City of Eden Praire launches a robust government website to accomodate steady increases in online traffic. The new website is an effective platform for community engagement and boasts a modern design, user-friendly interface, and many online services. The project was completed with the help of the government website experts at Vision Internet. Eden Prairie, MN (PRWEB) April 27, 2012 At the April 17 meeting of the Eden Prairie City Council, Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens officially launched the...

Image 1 - Time Of Year Important In Projections Of Climate Change Effects On Ecosystems
2012-02-15 03:40:30

Results of study on prairie grasslands show differences across the months Does it matter whether long periods of hot weather, such as last year's heat wave that gripped the U.S. Midwest, happen in June or July, August or September? Scientists studying the subtle effects of heat waves and droughts say that when such events happen makes a big difference. Based on more than 25 years of data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)...

Image 1 - Out Of Africa And Into The American Midwest
2012-01-09 04:48:52

Last of the oak savannas survives at NSF Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site Grasses bend in the wind, their golden tips tracing arcs across fields that stretch toward the horizon. Sunwashed by a fading evening light, these reedy ballet dancers are central figures in savanna, an ecosystem that covers some 20 percent of Earth's land area. The largest savanna--or grassland with widely spaced trees--is in Africa. But the American Midwest is half a planet away from the...

2011-10-01 15:00:00

Minimizer's unique Chrome Poly fenders break ground in the thermoform plastics industry with a strong showing in competition. Blooming Prairie, Minnesota (PRWEB) October 01, 2011 For the past 4 years Minimizer has been quietly working on an industry-changing fender: Minimizer Chrome Poly. The launch of this new fender occurred Thursday, August 25 at The Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas. The new Minimizer Chrome Poly fender has the shine and mirror finish of traditional chrome...

2011-05-04 00:00:28

Every year the Back on the Road program awards one trucker in need. This year at the 40th anniversary of The Mid America Trucking Show, support was even bigger than ever as several key vendors played significant roles in the award package. Blooming Prairie, Minnesota (PRWEB) May 02, 2011 Minimizer once again exhibited with a strong presence at the Mid America Trucking Show held in Louisville, Kentucky March 31 "“ April 2, 2011. It was the shows 40th Anniversary. While at the show,...

2011-05-01 00:09:03

Focus on working agricultural landscapes to benefit prairie conservation Highmore, SD (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 Ducks Unlimited says U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's visit to South Dakota this week brings new light to America's disappearing native prairie. Salazar met with DU and other conservation partners today to talk about the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area that would bring more dollars to retaining grassland through conservation easements on private land. "This project...

2011-04-02 00:00:29

In the interest of better serving their customers, Minimizer fenders made an impactful showing at the 2011 CONEXPO in Las Vegas. The goal of the company was to expand their knowledge of new markets and increase employee awareness of the ever-changing demands of their distributors. Blooming Prairie, Minnesota (Vocus/PRWEB) April 01, 2011 Minimizer consistently strives to pursue new markets. The ideal market has trucks going from off-road to on-road because these trucks need Minimizer...

2011-03-02 20:53:53

Fire, cattle and even prairie dogs all could play a role in sustaining the biodiversity of the western Great Plains, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher. As large grazers, cattle now perform the historical role of buffalo on the Great Plains. Ecologist David Augustine and his colleagues-in collaboration with state, federal, and university researchers-have results from several studies over the past 13 years showing that fire, cattle and prairie dogs together...


Latest Prairie Reference Libraries

Central tall grasslands
2013-04-19 18:16:33

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different...

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Aspen Parkland
2013-04-18 22:46:28

Aspen parkland is a reference to a very large area of transitional biome between prairie and boreal forest in two sections; the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta that crosses the border into British Columbia, and a much larger area stretching from central Alberta, all across central Saskatchewan to south-central Manitoba near the US border. Aspen parkland is made up of groves of aspen poplars and spruce interspersed with areas of prairie grasslands, also intersected by large stream...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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2006-12-12 14:39:19

The prairie dog (Cynomys) is a small, burrowing rodent native to the grasslands of North America. This stout-bodied rodent will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including its short tail. They are found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States, prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River. They have also been introduced into a few eastern locales. Biology and behavior The highly social prairie dogs live in large...

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