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UNI to host Ecological Restoration Seminar on Rochester Cemetery

September 19, 2012

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

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will welcome Pete Kollasch as part of the center's ongoing Ecological Restoration Seminar Series at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the center on West 27th Street. Kollasch will show images of Cedar County's Rochester Cemetery and discuss differing perspectives on managing the cemetery. Kollasch is a remote sensing analyst for the Iowa Geologic and Water Survey.

Rochester Cemetery, a burial ground established in pioneer days, has been described as a unique relict of native Iowa. This idyllic site is a picturesque mixture of oak savanna and prairie vegetation. The flowering displays attract visitors from miles away. The site still functions as an active cemetery.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Daryl Smith, director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-2238 or