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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James L. Ellis  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Ellis is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Committee on Natural Areas at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

James L. Ellis serves on the board of directors of Grand Prairie Friends, a conservation organization in east-central Illinois involved in prairie restoration projects. A botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, manages and maintains the University of Illinois Natural Areas, he has published extensively on prairie ecology, conservation, restoration, and management.

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers
ISBN: 0809338181. OCLC Number: 1196822442

Southern Illinois University Press. .

The book celebrates the beauty of a 2.5-acre restored grassland with lively commentary, vivid descriptions, and striking, detailed photographs of the native plants and animals that inhabit it. The authors describe how they prepared the soil, selected and planted seeds, and dealt with unwanted invasive species and weeds--