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UNI students to help restore Cedar Bend Savanna

November 20, 2012

David Williams, prairie institute program manager, Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-7957,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and staff will work with an AmeriCorps group to clear brush from the Cedar Bend Savanna Nov. 26 through 29. This work week is a part of an ongoing project to restore the remnant oak savanna.

"Part of our mission here at the Tallgrass Prairie Center is to assist conservation agencies with managing rare prairie plant communities around the state," said David Williams, prairie institute program manager at UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Sand savannas are probably the most rare and endangered native plant community in Iowa."

UNI faculty has been working with students on various projects related to the restoration of the savanna for many years, and has recently begun working formally with the Black Hawk County Conservation Board to help plan future restoration projects.

For more information, contact Williams at 319-273-7957 or