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LATE SUMMER WALK AT WOLF ROAD PRAIRIE WITH GEROULD WILHELM Vignette


Photo by Dave Waycie

Experiencing Wolf Road Prairie with Jerry Wilhelm opens new dimensions of learning and appreciation for the natural world.

More than 50 Trekkers gathered at Wolf Road Prairie to listen as Jerry spoke of the interrelationships between the soil, root systems, wildlife and the botanical rarity of plants found at the preserve.



Jerry explained how the intricate roots of prairie plants, often several feet deep, filter stormwater and hold rainfall in place where it falls, preventing off-site flooding.

This filtering system and deep roots are the reason that prairie vegetation remains lush and green during hot summers, even in times of drought.

Jerry sometimes spoke in Native American language and explained that there are often no English words which can accurately translate the meaning of the words Natives used to describe nature, different kinds of fire, wildlife, the environment and their relationship as stewards with the Earth.

Trekkers concluded the afternoon by walking beneath cathedral arches of big blue stem and marveling at the serenity, beauty and timelessness of the Wolf Road Prairie landscape in late summer.



To learn more about native ecosystem function and restoraton, go to http://www.conservationresearchinstitute.org where essays by Dr. Wilhelm are posted.

Tom Lovestrand took this photo of a Monarch caterpillar.
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