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Staff Blog

Running Buffalo Clover

Kevin McLane

Green3 is a company that enjoys preserving the beauty of our native ecosystems and takes pride in the environmental services we offer, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any rare or endangered species when we are hired to perform field surveys. Coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a preliminary research of the surrounding area highlight any possible endangered or threatened species that could be found in a project area. One of our upcoming projects is known to be within close proximity of the state and federal endangered vascular plant species, Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum).  Running Buffalo Clover is believed to have been dependent upon large herbivores such as bison to disturb rich soils so that the clover’s small runners, or stolons, could take root. As the bison was overhunted, Running Buffalo Clover populations began to dwindle as their preferred habitat disappeared.  Since its listing in 1987, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been taking action to protect and reintroduce this species. If you are interested in learning more about the endangered species near you, you can head to the Indiana DNRs website to view their interactive map. To learn more about helping the conservation efforts of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, visit their websites here and here . Remember to volunteer and donate to your local conservation groups and educate your friends and family about endangered species.