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Kathryn Yurkonis shows some of the wild prairie flowers growing in the Oakville Prairie, a research site, where research is being done on invasive species control, drought tolerance, host-pest interaction. Photo by Jackie Lorentz of public affairs and UND.

UND: Enbridge's proposed pipeline threatens prairie research

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What looks like a flat piece of land is actually a treasure trove in the eyes of UND’s grassland ecologist Kathryn Yurkonis.

“I saw my first snowy owl this past fall out there,” she said. “It’s a really great precious resource that we have.”


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Anna Burleson
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