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You can ask the internet about stuff all day. You can join a community like Permies and get great advice. But have you tried real live local experts? I did, and it was an amazing experience! My example: I have a quarter acre I want to take back to native prairie. I’ve done a lot of research here and elsewhere but still came up short regarding questions of strategy and best options specific to my situation.

So I thought about how our state has a great conservation department and pretty easily found a contact for our local “Private Land Conservationist.” He was happy to come by and provided a wealth of knowledge and perspective. He knew all about the invasives specific to our county and how they differed between local spots. He gave me various strategies and timelines of how I could tackle my project (and might even be able to cost share some of it.) He even provided me some woodland management advise too! It was a super informative visit, paid for by my tax dollars.  Don’t be afraid to give it a shot. These people have the jobs they do because they are passionate about ecology and willing to help!
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