Prairie Strips and Conservation on Big Spirit Lake
Saturday, July 9 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hosts: Eric & Kelly Hoien
Address: (near) 13026 253rd Ave. | Orleans, IA 51360
Landowners Eric and Kelly Hoien invite you to their 129-acre farm just off Big Spirit Lake to learn how they’re working to protect their local watershed and provide habitat for wildlife. The Hoiens have installed 23 acres of prairie strips as a way to protect soil and water quality, and reintegrate native prairie back onto the landscape.
At this field day, Eric and Kelly, along with staff from Iowa State University’s STRIPS team, will discuss nuts and bolts of designing, establishing and managing prairie strips. You’ll learn about edge-of-field practices, water quality benefits and hear how Eric and Kelly have used programs like the Conservation Reserve Program to help pay for conservation practices, build habitat and improve their little piece of the Big Spirit Lake watershed.
Speaker: Tim Youngquist – ISU STRIPS
See & Discuss:
- Integrating prairie strips into crop fields
- Edge-of-field conservation
- Watershed protection strategies
- Water quality monitoring techniques
- The Conservation Reserve Program
- Paying for conservation
- Landowner and tenant partnerships
Note: This address is the adjacent property south of the field day location; look for field day signs. The field day location is adjacent to Big Spirit Lake along the paved walking path. Attendees can park in the grass shoulder along 253rd Avenue.
Meal Information: Lunch will be provided at the end of the field day.