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Restored prairie takes shape

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When work started on the Rosemount Wildlife Preserve, the task was big. A hay field had to be turned into a natural prairie and a buckthorn-riddled oak forest had to be cleaned out.


“The buckthorn was so dense you couldn’t walk through,” said Karen Schik, restoration ecologist for the Friends of the Mississippi River.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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