On June 10, 2011, thirty-one participants joined staff from Latah Soil and Water Conservation District to tour several Palouse Prairie restoration projects in Latah and Whitman Counties.
Tour participants visited the USDA NRCS Pullman Plant Material Center, one private landowner site in Whitman County, and three private landowner sites in Latah County. Intermountain West Joint Venture funded this tour through a grant by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Agreement with Ducks Unlimited. The main purpose of this tour was to provide an opportunity for landowners to talk with each other as well as with researchers and local experts about successful Palouse Prairie restoration methods. Many discussions were facilitated throughout the day as the landowners shared their experiences on their sites. The innovative and unique approaches to Palouse Prairie Restoration inspired all who participated in the tour.
This tour will be followed in late October by a Restoration Roundtable. The Roundtable will be open to a broader audience and will focus on topics requested by tour participants in order to keep the conversation flowing. Thanks to all who participated. It was a great day!