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SECURA Prarie Restoration

Prarie Restoration Project

The classic American poet and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.”

The SECURA Insurance grounds also may seem like an unlikely place for a prairie of grasses and wildflowers. Many who drive past the well-manicured lawn dotted with walking paths, flower displays, and fountains, may be surprised to come upon what appears at first glance to be an unruly patch of overgrown field. But upon closer inspection, you’ll notice more: a thriving ecosystem.

In spring of 2012, we set aside two acres of our campus for a prairie restoration project. Before Wisconsin was settled, prairies and oak savannahs were prevalent throughout the state. The natural habitat created ideal conditions for wildlife, especially migratory birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects.

Our hope is to restore a small area of our campus to what it may have been like centuries ago, so we worked with city officials and local ordinances to move forward. In time, we even put up nesting boxes for bluebirds and tree swallows. In addition to providing natural habitat and a uniquely beautiful landscape, we have been able to cut back on mowing, reducing emissions and fuel use.

Even though it may take a little longer to establish, we are taking the least invasive approach with the prairie, so no chemicals are being used to control weeds. Good old-fashioned hand-pulling is the method of choice. Although, on occasion, a controlled burn of the area will take place to help stimulate growth and minimize invasive species.

With each year, we look forward to seeing more birds and butterflies as the prairie becomes established. This project is just another way for us to give back to the community and help the environment. If you’d like more information about SECURA’s prairie restoration project, please contact Clint Dusenbery by email or call 800-558-3405 ext. 4299.

View a list of native species planted in the prairie here.
View photos of the prairie here.

 

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