Articles on Prairie Management and Research

The Missouri Prairie Foundation strives to use the best and most innovative management techniques on its properties and to help private landowners do the same.

Consult this comprehensive guide from MPF's Director of Prairie Management, Jerod Huebner.














Other resources for management of original prairies or establishment of prairie plantings (scroll down for prairie research resources):


Presettlement Prairie Documents and Maps
Early Prairies of St. Louis City,  Vol. 2, 1981
Presettlement Prairie of Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation, 1982
The Presettlement Prairie in the Kansas City Region (Jackson County, Missouri), Vol. 6, 1985

Prairie Planting Guide
Shaw Nature Reserve’s Reconstructing a Tallgrass Prairie — A Seeding Guide for Missouri
Missouri Seed Calculator from the Natural Resources Conservation Service - at the top of the list under Wildlife Job Seets

Invasive Species
Table of Invasive plants on prairies/grasslands and treatment methods.
Invasive Species Control for Prairie and Native Grassland Conservation, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2018

Prairie Management articles from the Missouri Prairie Journal
Prescribed Burn Seasonality, Vol. 38, No. 3 & 4, 2017 (see accompanying research below on Orthopteran and Leaf Beetle Populations)
Fescue’s Hidden Secret, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2009
Landowners Guide to Prescribed Burning on Grasslands, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2008
Establishing Native Pasture with a Cover Crop Cocktail, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2016
Patch-Burn Grazing and Prairie Vegetation, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2010
Best Management Practices for Problem Plants, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2009
Tools for Prescribed Burning, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2018
Prairie and Native Grassland Reconstructions, Vol. 39, No. 3 & 4, 2018
Remnants to Restoration: Central Missouri's remnant glades, savannas, and prairies give life to Prairie Fork reconstruction efforts, Vol. 32, No. 1, 20
The Pure Air Wildlife Management Cooperative, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019
Prairie Power: Roeslein Alternative Energy Moves Toward Horizon, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019
To Put Out Fire, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019
Grassland Management is Key to Reducing Quail Predation, Vol. 40, No. 3 & 4, 2019

Native Warm-Season Grass News with Steve Clubine
Do Bison Follow the Green Wave?, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2020
The Principle of Three, Invasive Weeds, Iowa Prairie Conference, Grassland Bird Conservation Research in MN and IA, and more, Vol. 38, No. 3 & 4, 2017
Greater Prairie-Chicken Trapping, Poison Hemlock, Kansas Wildfires, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017
Prairie Grouse Diets, Increased Birds on NWSG, Grass-finished Beef, and more, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2017
Summer Grazing (pg. 29); Buying Grass-Finished Beef (pg. 29); New MDC and Partners Personnel Learn about Grasslands (pg. 29); Alternative Method for Controlling Sericea Lespedeza (pg. 31); Dow-AgroScience Adds Wicking Label for PastureGard HL Herbicide (pg. 31); Managed Grasslands Support More Quail than Traditional Food Plots (pg. 32), Vol. 37, No. 3 & 4, 2016
Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration, Vol. 36, No. 3 & 4, 2015
Native Warm-Season Grass Grazing Research, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015
Differences in Some Cool-Season and Native Grasses for GPC Nesting Cover; Controlling Invasive Plants: Sericea lespedeza (pg. 31), Teasel (pg. 32), Caucasian, Plains and Other Old World Bluestems (pg. 32), Vol. 36, No. 1, 2015
Grassland Bird Outlook, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2012
Grassland Management with Fire and Grazing, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2011
Fescue Management on Prairie, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012
Greater Prairie-Chicken Trapping for Illinois, Summer Grazing and Economics of Weed Control in Forage Management, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2016
Drought Resistant Pastures to Reconnect Cows and Quail, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012
History of Grazing on Missouri’s Prairies, Haying and Grazing for Livestock Production and Wildlife, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2011
Bloat-Free Legumes Show Pasture Potential, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012
Grazing Horses on Prairie, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012
Warm Season Grass Moving Forward from the Drought, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012
Nitrate Build Up in the Soil, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012
Seed Production and Availability; Invasive Plant Control, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2011
2015 Patch-Burn Grazing Working Group Meeting, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2016
Prairie-Chicken Translocation 2008-2014; Prescribed Burning Glades and Open Woodlands/Savannas; Facts about Tall Fescue, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2014
Cutting Hay, Vol 35, No. 2, 2014
Notes from the 2013 Patch-Burn Grazing Working Group Meeting, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2014
Field Tours of Grassland Management, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2013
Pasture Conversion and Control of Invasives, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2013
The Winter That Wouldn’t End, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2013
Tools for Prescribed Burning and Book Reviews, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2018
The Origin of Osage Orange Hedgerows, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2018
Native Warm-Season Grass Hay, PastureWalks, Drought, Vol. 39, No. 3 & 4, 2018
Cape Cod Island Prairies, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2019
New Research on Native Forage and Cattle Weight Gain, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019
2019 North American Prairie Conference, Houston, TX, Vol. 40, No. 3 & 4, 2019

Peer-reviewed, published articles on prairie ecology, reconstruction, and related topics:
Newly Published Article in Restoration Ecology on Prairie Reconstructions in MO by MDC Natural History Biologist Chris Newbold

Research on MPF Prairies:
Annotated Ant List for Gayfeather Prairie
Annotated Ant List for Penn-Sylvania Prairie
La Petitie Gemme Prairie Floristic Integrity Report
La Petite Gemme Prairie Bryophytes
Linden's Prairie Floristic Integrity Report
Linden's Prairie Bryophytes 
Schwartz Prairie Bryophytes
Missouri Bryophytes of the Prairie
Odonota surveys of the various sites of the Missouri Prairie Foundation
2015 Penn-Sylvania Floristic Integrity Assessment Report
Report on bees found at Golden and Stilwell Prairies
Snowball Hill Prairie Butterfly, Dragonfly, and Bird Survey

2018 Breeding Bird Surveys on Missouri Prairie Foundation Properties by the Missouri River Bird Observatory
2018 Floristic Integrity Report: Coyne (continued), Penn-Sylvania, Schwartz and Snowball Hill Prairies by the Institute of Botanical Training, LLC.
2019 Breeding Bird Surveys on 10 MPF Prairies in 2019 by the Missouri River Bird Observatory