Upper Iowa University senior conservation management majors Nick Houg of North Liberty, Iowa, and Joshua Crosbie of Robins, Iowa, recently hand seeded the reconstructed prairie, located near the Churbuck Prairie at Fayette Campus. The Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) seed was collected this past fall by associate professor of biology Dr. Jennifer Stoffel’s general botany class.
The broadcast seeding project was completed to enhance areas where flooding reduced the success of the prairie’s reconstruction. UIU alumnus Isaac Sedlmayr ’15 established the 3.5-acre restoration area as part of his senior project in fall 2015. The project was completed with the assistance of Stoffel, professor of science and Robert L. Fox endowed chair of science Dr. Scott Figdore and Fayette County Conservation. The prairie area now complements UIU’s other existing outdoor classroom spaces that most field science students utilize in their coursework.