Big View Prairie

This is one of our largest remnant bluff prairies – about 4 acres. It’s on our western bluff on a steep south-facing slope.  There’s a small savanna area on top – between the remnant and Western Prairie.  Just below the savanna is the main prairie remnant, below that is another savanna area, and below that is Pine Point Prairie.

 

It has our best view of the surrounding country – from the top we can see more than 4 miles down the valley, looking over farms and wooded hills.

Here are photos and stories from Big View Prairie from each year:
2022,   2021,   2020,   2019,   2018,   2017,   2016,   2015,   2014,    2013,    2012,    2011,    2010,    2009,    2008,    2007,    2006,    2005,    2004,    2003,    2002,   2000/2001

This is an aerial view of the farm with Big View Prairie marked in red.

 

This is one of our favorite walks and favorite views, so I have many more photos of the view than I do of the prairie itself.  It looks out over Praag Valley – the tiny town of Praag is just around the hill at the far end of the valley.

 

When we bought the land there was a pine plantation all along the lower edge of the prairie.  We had the pines logged in 2002, and then a thicket of brush grew up where the pines had been.  Starting in 2017, we hired people to cut and treat the brush, and I planted prairie in the cleared areas.   That project is finishing up now, in 2023.  They’ve also worked on the savanna area above the pines – clearing the smaller trees and brush.  This shows the bluff the way it looked in 2000, and the changes we’ve made.  (See more about this project here – in the stories about Pine Point Prairie.)

Sept 2022
Sept 2022
Sept 2022
Sept 2017
Sept 2017
Summer 2000
Summer 2000

 

This is the main part of the remnant prairie – with Western Sunflower blooming in 2015.  The edges of the prairie are much more open now than they were in this photo.

 

Below the prairie is some overgrown remnant savanna with scattered open-grown oaks, and exposed rocks.

 

Beth and Erik from Kule Region Forestry have been cutting trees and brush to open up the lower savanna since about 2018.  Here’s a view of it from spring 2022.

 

To the west of the prairie, and along its top edge, is more overgrown savanna.

 

To the west of the prairie, beyond the savanna woods, is a small overgrown dry prairie remnant that we call Corner View Prairie.  It also looks out onto Praag Valley.

Sept 2022
Sept 2022
Sept 2022
Sept 2005
Sept 2005

 

Click Here for a list of the plants I’ve found in the prairie and savanna areas.