What is the STRIPS Project?
“STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The project is composed of a team of scientists, educators, and extension specialists who have chosen to work together on the use of PRAIRIE STRIPS as a farmland conservation practice” (ISU, 2017a).
STRIPS also partners with and has support from numerous institutions, funders, and stakeholder advisory committee members. A full partner list can be found HERE.
The Disproportional Benefits Theory:
During initial research trials at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge scientists found the benefits of an integration of just a small amount of prairie made a big impact on soil and water quality and biodiversity. Further economic analysis showed that prairie strips were also a very affordable option for land owners. The small changes which result in big impacts were dubbed “the disproportional benefits theory” of prairie strips.
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