[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main 3 Finger Valley page.]
2/7/2002 Looking down at the valley from our neighbor’s land
9/24/2002 The first year of a prairie planting is very discouraging – it just looks like a field of weeds. I watch for the tiny prairie seedlings as I walk across the field but seldom find any. The seedlings spend most of the year putting down deep roots, and it isn’t until the second or third year that they start to grow much on top. We mowed this prairie about 3 times over the summer to control annual weeds.
9/24/2002 A wide view of the valley after one of the mowings.