On Thursday, August 19th at 7 pm, Michael Konen, PhD of NorthernIllinois University will speak on prairie soils at Garfield FarmMuseum near Geneva, IL.
Dr. Konen is the Graduate Program Coordinator and AssistantProfessor in NIU's Department of Geography.
He is a CertifiedProfessional Soil Scientist and Certified Professional SoilClassifier.
talk will feature the most ignored blessings of ourregion and country - the rich, fertile soils of the once vastIllinois tall grass prairie.
There at the base of a smallridge, Dr. Konen
pointed out that the original soil level at the timeof settlement was now covered with over 4 feet of eroded topsoil.
Although no one area on top of the hill lost maybe more than 6 inchesof soil, this rate of erosion in just 150 years of farmingdemonstrates how in less than a thousand years, a soil system couldbe completely lost.
will speak about the types of soils found here which provideevidence of conditions before settlement.
From prairierestorationists or back yard gardeners who wonder why things aren'tgrowing like they should or homeowners who wonder why they have 3sump pumps in their basement, Konen
will talk about hydric soils,woodland soils, the mining of topsoil, etc. that affect our lives.
first volunteered at Garfield Farm Museum
to help withprairie restoration when he
was an undergraduate.
has sinceparticipated in special events, assisted with archaeologicalanalysis, and conducted research with graduate students at themuseum.
grew up west of Aurora on his
family farm and greatlyvalues the effort at Garfield Farm
to educate the public in thearea's history and natural history of the land.