Perley Fall-Burned Prairie
This 3-acre prairie was reconstructed on cropland enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. It was seeded in 1987 with grasses and in 1991 and 1996 with forbs. It has been burned annually since 1988. By burning in the fall, we can demonstrate the effects of bare soil during the winter and the rapid warming of the soil and growth of certain plants in the spring. White wild indigo (Baptisia leucantha) and pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida) are abundant in this prairie and bloom profusely in June.
As you move through the tour, the YELLOW arrow on this map will indicate where you are and which direction you are facing.