As property managers struggle to make budgets work, a very real consideration for management of sites is restoring native prairies.  Almost always the return on investment takes less than three years, not to mention the ongoing savings of maintenance costs as the future years pass.  With an annual mow and a couple of stewardship visits, native prairies’ list of benefits to the site are almost too numerous to list. The real benefit though is returning the fescue/bluegrass lawns to a natural environment ready and willing to support native pollinators and birds. As these newly reconstructed prairies evolve and mature, they produce flowering vistas loaded with hope and promises that only a restored native environment can provide.  Sometimes, Yes sometimes, these new restored prairies help answer every child’s favorite question: “Where do Clouds come from?”