Common Methods for Tallgrass Prairie Restoration and Their Potential Effects on Bee Diversity

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Habitat restoration is considered critical for maintaining and restoring biodiversity of many species groups. A better understanding of how species respond to the restoration process is imperative to identifying practices that benefit the target organisms. Using survey responses from land managers about the restoration process in tallgrass prairie habitat, we identify common restoration and management techniques. These responses are then combined with current literature on bee and plant responses to these methods in tallgrass prairie habitat. While some widely used methods, such as burning, are believed to be fairly benign to bees, there are still many knowledge gaps about how bees may respond to many common practices such as tillage, pesticides, and grazing in tallgrass prairie. Other commonly used methods, such as broadcasting of seeds, are known to significantly affect plant diversity, which could hinder bee conservation efforts. The variability in bee and plant response to commonly used methods highlights why it is necessary to better understand how management methods affect plant and bee communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-411
Number of pages12
JournalNatural Areas Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016


  • TGP
  • bee
  • conservation
  • prairie
  • restoration
  • tallgrass prairie

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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