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The Difference between Prairie Restoration and Reconstruction

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Prairie Restoration
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The owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin, Steven Armus is a dermatologist who holds over a decade of experience in practice. In addition to his work in medicine, Steven Armus serves as the owner and biologist of Native Prairie Restoration, where he works to remediate ponds and prairies.

Prairie restoration is the process of restoring a prairie that has been exposed to invasive plants that affect its native ecosystem. Typically, restoration involves the removal of these invasive plant species and the seeding and management of native plants. Restoration is not to be confused with a prairie remnant, which is an untouched section of prairie that was part of a larger area in the past.

In addition to restoration, some prairies may be in need of reconstruction. Reconstruction, which is sometimes necessary to restore land plowed for crops, is the most work-intensive form of prairie development. It includes replanting of native species and regrading of soil to mimic the original groundwork of the prairie. When replanting a prairie, seeds used typically include native varieties of grass and broad leaf plants.