Our Mission: Dedicated to living sustainably, Prairie Legacy strives to provide botanical services and products to foster environmental health and eco-friendly living.

We provide expert botanical surveys and sell many types of landscape plant material. Our specialty is native plants for landscapes and restorations. When possible, our native plant selections are grown from locally collected and genetically adapted seed with minimal inputs.

We currently have over 200 species of perennials, trees and shrubs. We expand our native selections each year.  We provide educational opportunities to spread knowledge about the use of native plants to reduce the need for water and fertilization. Native plants provide habitat for native pollinators.  Native pollinators include monarch butterflies for which the habitat is declining.  Native bees pollinate our food crops.  Those who purchase our plants help protect the natural diversity of our planet.

The plants are grown on the family farm which was settled by our ancestors and we work to protect the local native prairie and woodland and to pass on the passion for preservation of small family farms and our tallgrass prairie legacy.

OUR TEAM

Kay Kottas, President, Owner of Prairie Legacy Inc.

Managing Member, Witt’s End Homestead L.L.C.

Kay Kottas, President of Prairie Legacy Inc
Dr. Kay Kottas is a Botanist and President of Prairie Legacy Inc

Kay holds degrees in Horticulture, Plant Biology and Environmental Studies. In addition to running Prairie Legacy Botanical Consulting Services and Witt’s End Homestead, she teaches Botany as an Adjunct Professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She taught Horticulture and native plant identification at the University of Nebraska for several years, and has provided plant inventories of natural areas including several U.S. Parks for the National Park Service in Nebraska and South Dakota, for Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie, in Denton, Nebraska and for several private individuals. Kay conducted research on the endangered blowout penstemon for UNL. She also worked several years in the Horticulture industry, and was manager of educational programs and plant records for the University of Nebraska Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Today, Kay brings her expertise to you offering sage advice to public and private companies and individuals. One of the awards of which Kay is most proud is her 2006 “Blazing Star Award” for Contribution to the restoration of native plant communities from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

 

 

RaeAnn Powers

RaeAnn is a Biologist for Prairie Legacy, Inc and Ecologist for Witt’s End Homestead LLC. She has a Master of Science degree in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska. Ms. Powers has been involved in research of prairie plants on restored and remnant prairies in south-central Nebraska; she has been exploring the roles of management and environment on plant community diversity.  RaeAnn has worked with the Nebraska Game and Parks Nebraska Natural Heritage Program and the Nature Conservancy gaining experience in GIS, plant identification, plant and seed production as well as data analysis and environmental education.  In addition to her plant research and prairie restoration and management work, she has taught undergraduate courses in Biology and Botany and has experience in prairie plant propagation and culture. She has done environmental interpretation and education at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and at wilderness camps for adolescents.  RaeAnn enjoys knitting, cooking, reading and walking with her best dog friend!

 

Alicia Nugteren Admiraal

Alicia is a botanist for Prairie Legacy, Inc.  Alicia has a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University with a specialty in wetland restoration, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. In addition to experience in conducting botanical surveys and ecological assessments of native plant communities, she has done significant work with wetland and mesic prairie seed and plants, and wetland creation, restoration, delineation and mitigation.  Her expertise has benefited Nebraska plant communities through work with the Nebraska Game and Parks and the Nature Conservancy.  She has written numerous technical reports and informational guides regarding wetland restoration, has taught undergraduate courses in Botany, and has been a nature center teacher/naturalist.   She enjoys playing the piano, providing foster care for dogs awaiting adoption, and is very involved with her family and their school activities.

 

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