Before and After – Comparison Photos

One of the most fun things about these journals about our projects, is looking back on how places used to look, and comparing them with the way they look now.  So here’s a series of comparison photos – a few of the farm itself, and some of both planted and remnant prairies.

Sumac Bluff

About 1930   –  Old photo of the farm and Sumac Bluff when it was owned by the Rutschows


1/12/2015 Sumac Bluff


Planted Prairies


Buffalo Ridge

2001 – looking south into Buffalo Ridge Field when it was planted with soybeans

1 buffalo ridge prairie fall 2001


7/11/2018  Nearly the same view of Buffalo Ridge Prairie – its 14th summer as a prairie.



Pat’s Prairie

summer 2000   Planted in soybeans

2 west center valley 2000


7/28/2011    Pat’s Prairie – 11 years old

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8/2/2018 Pat’s Prairie – 18 years old

3 Finger Valley

summer 2000 – in soybeans

summer 2000 3 finger valley 2


8/31/2014   3 Finger Valley Prairie – 13 years old

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Remnant Prairies

Indian Grass Point remnant prairie looking south into Center Valley





Knife Edge Prairie

summer 2000 – before doing any clearing

2000-2001 3


8/16/2015 – after years of annual mowing


8/26/2018 – after removal of small trees from the middle of the prairie, and invading trees and shrubs from the edges

Remnant Savannas

Indian Grass Point

10/13/2013  Just before beginning our savanna clearing project

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11/10/2013  Just after finishing our clearing for the season



8/10/2016  After a few years of recovery