STRIPS Turns 10!


2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the STRIPS team sowing prairie strips in experimental catchments at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. We celebrated this milestone with over 90 team members, cooperators, funders, and stakeholders at the Refuge on September 18th. We also received emails from many others who wished you could have been there, voicing your enthusiasm for prairie strips. Thanks to all of you for making our anniversary memorable. Here we share photos and presentation materials with our broader community, and also try to capture some of the enthusiasm from the day.

Here's a summary of our day (agenda): Dean Wintersteen welcomes the audience at the STRIPS 10 Year celebration









Thank you to our event sponsors: Iowa State University, Walton Family Foundation, USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, and US Fish and Wildlife Service Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The staff at the Refuge really chipped in and did all that they could to support our event. Thank you to the planning team for making it all happen: Pauline Drobney, Matt Helmers, Randy Kolka, Elise Miller, Matt O’Neal, Lisa Schulte Moore, and Chris Witte. And thank you to all those who submitted their favorite photos of prairie strips, along with photo judges J. Arbuckle, Matt Helmers, and Jarad Niemi.

We are thankful to have such a phenomenal community of support, and look forward to working with our community into the future on the research and implementation of prairie strips. We’re already looking forward to a repeat in Year 20!