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Tallgrass Prairie Center to host seminar on savanna restoration

March 30, 2012

Daryl Smith, director and professor, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-2238,

Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will welcome John Pearson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to discuss Iowa savannas as part of the Ecological Restoration Seminar at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, April 4, at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W 27 St.

Savanna was a major plant community in early Iowa, occupying more than 2.4 million acres across the state. Interest in savanna restoration is increasing, but selecting sites to restore is influenced by a variety of definitions and concepts.

In his presentation, Pearson will explore contrasting concepts in savanna conservation including historic maps, modern soil surveys and floristics and how they are used in restoration.

Pearson, a plant ecologist for the Iowa DNR, is based out of Des Moines with statewide conservation responsibility. Since joining the DNR in 1985, his duties have included natural areas inventory, threatened and endangered species, the State Preserves System, environmental review and restoration of natural communities.

For more information on the Tallgrass Prairie Center or the seminar, visit