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The Olivet Prairie Project: Developing Our Prairie Plan

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Scholarship of Discovery

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The tallgrass prairie once covered much of Illinois, including the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. By the 1840s however, Olivet’s prairie was gone, along with the many plants and animals that called it home. Today just 0.01% of all prairie survives in Illinois. In the fall of 2017 we began investigating the possibility of restoring some of the prairie on Olivet’s campus. Students helped develop some initial prairie plans, a donor was identified, and a site was selected. Initial data has been collected on the site, a seed list was researched and prairie plan established. One percent of Olivet’s campus (2.5 acres) has now been replanted in native prairie flowers and grasses. This presentation will detail the process of reestablishing the prairie, and outline the research that has been done and is planned for this site.

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The Olivet Prairie Project: Developing Our Prairie Plan

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The tallgrass prairie once covered much of Illinois, including the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. By the 1840s however, Olivet’s prairie was gone, along with the many plants and animals that called it home. Today just 0.01% of all prairie survives in Illinois. In the fall of 2017 we began investigating the possibility of restoring some of the prairie on Olivet’s campus. Students helped develop some initial prairie plans, a donor was identified, and a site was selected. Initial data has been collected on the site, a seed list was researched and prairie plan established. One percent of Olivet’s campus (2.5 acres) has now been replanted in native prairie flowers and grasses. This presentation will detail the process of reestablishing the prairie, and outline the research that has been done and is planned for this site.