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We share 30 years of lessons learned about protecting and restoring Nachusa Grasslands in north-central Illinois. Land protection has required persistence. Volunteer stewardship has not only improved habitat but has also created a supportive human community for the project. Seasonally hired crews have proven to be an export product of our methods. Fire and weed management are carefully attended to. On planting prairie we specifically encourage you to plant a large amount of seed from many species, plant only the amount of land you have abundant seed to plant, try not to plant into areas with invasive weed problems, and invest in long-term science.