[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.]
When I visited Sumac Prairie in September to look for Northern Flower Moths, I decided to work on clearing Sumac at the same time. The upper half of the prairie is slowly being taken over by sumac and gray dogwood. I cut and treated sumac (and found and photographed Northern Flower Moths) for 4 mornings.
In October Erik (from Kule Region Forestry) drove his mulching machine up into the savanna below the main prairie remnant. He cut – shredded and mulched – much of the smaller brush.
9/3/2022 Most of the lower part of the prairie looked like this – with a few sumac sprouts and some small aspens. I cut and treated both sumac and aspens with Milestone + bark oil.
9/3/2022 Higher on the prairie, and on the western part of the slope it looked more like this – lots of sumac.
9/9/2022 Northern Flower Moth on Sky Blue Aster – I found a few moths each day I looked.
9/6/2022 Looking west – I cut and treated sumac working my way into some of the places with very thick sumac.
9/9/2022 I dropped the sumac I cut unless it made thick piles. When there was too much I made piles that I could roll down the hill to the woods below.
9/9/2022 The lower part of the slope had much less sumac.
9/12/2022 Lower area cleared of sumac.
9/15/2022 Two Northern Flower Moths – the only time I found two together
9/29/2022 Distant view of the prairie
9/29/2022 Zoomed in view of the areas where I cut sumac.
I don’t yet have photos of the work Erik did in the savanna below the prairie.