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Recommended Reading & Conservation Resources

When it comes to prairie restoration, we love to offer recommended resources to help educate, inspire and equip others with solutions for land management, environmental awareness, and practical ways to add beauty and sustainability to our own backyards.  You'll find more resources and website links located  on our "Why Prairie" page.

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GO NATIVE! - Carolyn Harstad

Gardening with native plants and wildflowers in the lower midwest

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NATIVE PLANTS OF THE MIDWEST - Alan Branhagen

A comprehensive guide to the Best 500 species for the garden

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THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE: AN INTRODUCTION - Cindy Crosby

An instant classic in the tradition of American naturalist writing, The Tallgrass Prairie will delight not only scholars and policy makers, but guests to  tallgrass prairie preserves, outdoors enthusiasts and gardeners, and  readers interested in American ecosystems and native plants.

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THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE READER (Burr Oak Book) - John T Price

A first-of-its-kind collection of literature from and about the tallgrass bioregion.

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BRINGING NATURE HOME: HOW YOU CAN SUSTAIN WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS (Updated and Expanded) - Douglas W Tallamy

In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the  unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native  insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants  disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for  birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction  has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be  headed toward extinction.  But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help  reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth  can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by  simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical  and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.