The STRIPS team has prepared a short document to answer landowners' most pressing questions about how to manage Prairie Conservation Strips. If you are a landowner or farm manager interested in implementing STRIPS, you can download the document below or contact Tim Youngquist at email@example.com.
Download the following document to read A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Conservation Strips.pdf (270 KB)
The STRIPS project began in 2003, when Iowa State University scientists began discussing the opportunity to test the effects of integrating restored prairie in crop fields with managers at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Together, the scientists and refuge managers established four different treatments on 12 small watersheds at Neal Smith in 2007. As of 2012, we're now also working on a growing number of commercial farm fields across Iowa and northern Missouri. Read more about the research background, farmer collaborators, and research topics here.
Prairie strips is a farmland conservation practice that uses strategically placed native prairie plantings in crop fields. The practice has been tested by the STRIPS team on experimental plots at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. Here we present our responses to the Frequently Asked Questions we receive on prairie strips at conferences and field days, and through email. The information was prepared by team members, and will be updated over time as needed, as we continue to learn. The answers below are general in nature, and may not apply in specific situations. Resources are provided with each answer.