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City of Ankeny to sponsor Carl Kurtz Presentation: "Prairie Reconstruction - Art or Science"

Post Date:02/26/2018 8:24 am

Ankeny residents are invited to attend “Prairie Reconstruction – Art or Science” by Carl Kurtz. This free presentation will be held on Thursday, March 8, at the Lakeside Center located at 400 NW Lakeshore Drive from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are requested, residents may visit to register for the event.

The focus of this presentation is to help those who are interested in starting a prairie in a small part of their backyard or a larger area, and what may be involved. Carl Kurtz will discuss what a prairie is composed of and generally how it functions. He will help attendees understand seed sources, early and long-term management and how the prairie will evolve and change over time.

Carl Kurtz is a prairie naturalist, seed farmer, author, photographer and teacher. Since 1971, Kurtz’s photos and articles have appeared in some fifty different publications nationwide. Two of his most recent books are, “A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction (Updated Version)” and “A Year of Iowa Nature”.

Information will also be shared about the City of Ankeny Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Reimbursement Program, which helps offset the cost to homeowners wishing to add sustainable landscaping practices. The City of Ankeny will provide up to a 50 percent match on BMPs constructed, with a maximum reimbursement amount of $1,800, per landowner or business. Rain barrels will be funded at a maximum of $75, limit of one per address. The funding may be utilized for multiple practices including prairie seeding, soil restoration and more, however, the maximum amount reimbursed will be $1,800 for all practices.

Please contact Environmental Engineer Amy Bryant at 515-963-3542 or email for more information about the event. Visit to learn more about stormwater management.