Brad Bolduan

Regional Scientific and Natural Areas Specialist
Southern Minnesota

Brad Bolduan is the Regional Scientific and Natural Area Specialist in southwest Minnesota, most of the natural areas he manages are the prairie ecoregion. Brad has a background in ornithology and ecology and has been working in the prairies of Minnesota for over 20 years.

Presentation Title: Fire and Haying Management for the Control of Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis) on Native Prairie Bank Tracts and Scientific and Natural Areas in Southwest Minnesota

Description: Smooth brome is a problematic species in southwestern Minnesota remnant prairies where it invades and spreads, reducing the quality of the prairie community. We began this study in 2020 to compare the effects management practices on smooth brome, native species diversity, and soil chemistry. The study compares spring prescribed fire, spring prescribed haying, fall haying, and no treatment. Study sites are two Scientific and Natural Areas and two Native Prairie Bank properties. 


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