Leopold Center's Prairie Strips GuideThe Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University released information on new landowner resources for establishing prairie conservation strips alongside crop fields. The resources are based on information gathered from the STRIPs (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairies) project at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

STRIPs research shows that small patches of native prairie can have a significant impact on the long-term health of farmland. The fact sheet contains guidelines for establishing and maintaining prairie strips as well as suggestions for locating technical and financial assistance. This guide can be accessed here and hard copies are available from the Leopold Center for free.

 This short video describes the benefits of conservation prairie strips.

The STRIPs project was initiated in 2007 with a competitive grant from the Leopold Center. It is also supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Iowa State University and National Science Foundation.

For more information contact: Jeri Neal, Leopold Center Ecology Initiative, 515-294-5610, wink@iastate.edu; or Laura Miller, Leopold Center communications, 515-294-5272, lwmiller@iastate.edu.