Saturday, March 24, 2007

Deuce Gardens Sunday the 25th


For those who're interested:

I think a couple of people will be working on the garden tomorrow in the early afternoon. Onions need planted, and a decision needs to be made whether or not the seeds in the starter packs should be planted in the ground or not. We've also decided to expand the back section and allow for a watermelon, pumpkin, and squash patch. Cris Ugolini, a good friend of mine, has volunteered to be in charge of this section. This will clear up some room for the various tomato plants, as well as the many onions and possibly potatoes. There are also possibilities of having a strawberry patch in front of the current fence.

I have various house projects going on as well, and if you feel like being a really good samaritan, then show up early!

Thanks,

Sir Knabe
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Friday, March 23, 2007

Video Daniel sent to the listserv


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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tallgrass Prairie & National Geographic Magazine


Tallgrass Prairie & National Geographic Magazine
By Verlyn Klinkenborg

Photographs by Jim Richardson

In the Flint Hills of Kansas, the nation's last great expanse of tallgrass prairie anchors a world renewed by fire.

Americans have always lived in a land of possibility—a place where the grass is "hopeful green stuff," as the poet Walt Whitman put it. Our habit is to wonder what we can make of a place, to gaze at the future instead of the present. As a result, nature often lies hidden beneath our expectations. That's why the Flint Hills of Kansas—the last great swath of tallgrass prairie in the nation—can be so hard to grasp. The Flint Hills are no longer hard to get to, no longer a matter of ox train and overland trail from somewhere east of the Missouri River. They're transected by roads of every description now. But when you get to the hills, when you rise onto the low shield of flint and limestone that defines them and walk up onto the highest brow and stand into the wind that's trying to pry your ears apart, what do you see? .


National Geographic Article on website.

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America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie


The film America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie will be aired on
many local PBS stations. KTWU in Topeka will air the program on Sunday
April 1. KPTS in Wichita will air the program on April 2 at 1:00 a.m. and
4:00 a.m. and on May 20 at 8:00 p.m. Check with your local public
television station for dates and times in your area.



Press Release---------------

Award-winning film coming to PBS on Sunday, April 1 at 9:00pm CDT America's
Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie explores America's changing landscape

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The ecology, cultural shift and agricultural revolution
that transformed America's prairies are as complex and intertwined as the
tallgrass prairie ecosystem itself. On April 1, PBS will nationally air the
rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature
in human history with a 9 p.m. CDT broadcast of America's Lost Landscape:
The Tallgrass Prairie.

America's Lost Landscape is a production of New Light Media and was produced
in association with the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of
Northern Iowa.

Daryl Smith, University of Northern Iowa biology professor and director of
the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, was executive producer of this
award-winning feature-length documentary that traces the prairie's
transformation from natural landscape to farmland. Critically acclaimed
actress Annabeth Gish narrated the film. UNI alumnus and owner of Splice
Here, a full-service post-production company in Minneapolis, Clayton Condit
edited the film.

"Before I became involved in this project, I could only find films that told
part of the tallgrass prairie story," Smith said. "I believe the natural
history, ecology, civic history, cultural perspectives, agricultural use and
prairie preservation, restoration and reconstruction for the future are all
interrelated. As we worked on the film, I became even more convinced that
everyone should know about this vanishing -- or lost -- landscape."

While making the film-festival circuit for America's Lost Landscape: The
Tallgrass Prairie, the film's writer, director and co-producer David
O'Shields of New Light Media found most people, regardless of background or
geographical location, are intrigued by the prairie narrative.

"The remaining remnants of tallgrass prairie are a national treasure, and
are just as important as the tropical rain forests in South America or the
redwoods in California," O'Shields said. "The prairie has a uniqueness and a
stature that's worthy of understanding and appreciation. The reality is that
very few Americans know what a prairie is. They confuse topography of the
plains with the grasses and wildflowers that comprise the tallgrass prairie
ecosystem. I hope viewers will come to understand that the prairie ecosystem
can be a model

an approach to building and maintaining a sustainable civilization -- that
may lead of us out of the environmental mess we find ourselves in today.
Prairie can be a great teacher. All we have to do is listen and act
intelligently."

The film's photography and narrative give viewers a glimpse of what was,
what is and what can be the tallgrass prairie. Smith hopes after the
broadcast, viewers will consider how the prairie fits into our future.

"I want people to become aware of this ecosystem and consider the prairie in
relation to their cultural and biological heritage and be aware of how
little remains," he said. "I take pride in raising the level of prairie
consciousness so more people are interested in protecting and restoring the
prairie. Getting more people involved and making prairie conservation and
restoration a higher priority for our society bode well for the future."

Clayton Condit of Splice Here, the film's editor and a native of the
Midwest, found his involvement in the project to be a consciousness-raising
experience.

"To lose the tallgrass prairie is a transformation that happened in an
unbelievable short amount of time and that only emphasizes the impact humans
have on this planet," he said. With global warming and other environmental
issues it as important as ever for people to understand our history and the
scale of the impact we can have - both positive and negative."

Condit enjoyed the challenge of crafting a documentary narrative and the
collaborative approach taken by David O'Shields.

"David is a great director and producer -- very organized. He has a clear
idea of what he wants yet trusted me and everyone at Splice Here to do what
they do best," Condit said. He would give me very thorough notes and
suggestions and then gave me space and time to experiment and help flesh out
his ideas and take some of them even further. The process of editing a
documentary is very much an evolution and discovery process. What sound
bites work together? How can we shuffle the story and images to better tell
the story, etc? David and I worked very well together and came up with a
great piece that we will both be proud of as a major success in our
careers."

Annabeth Gish, who lived in Iowa between the ages of 2 and 18, said she is
proud to be a part of this film -- a meditation on the prairie and an
opportunity to educate and advocate for the land on which she spent her
formative years.

"I remember my father and me taking our dog for long walks. Sometimes we'd
go along farm fields, but we also would explore the area's prairies like
UNI's restored prairie. But even then I'm not sure I understood the
significance of the prairie until I worked on this film," Gish said. "The
film gives a transcendent and lyrical voice to the prairie, and I hope
anyone who sees it falls in love with the land."

America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie premiered at a special
showing at UNI in April 2004 and made its Des Moines debut that December. In
March 2005 the film aired on Iowa Public Television during its "Festival
2005" fundraising special. Among numerous screenings and awards, the film
received the International Documentary Association's Pare Lorentz Award in
Los Angeles in 2005 and the CINE Golden Eagle Award in Washington, D.C., in
July 2006.

For more information about the film, and to view the trailer and PBS promo,
visit www.lostlandscapefilm.com..

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