America's Natural Places: The Midwest by Jason Ney

By Jason Ney

From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature shield in Ohio, this quantity offers a picture of the main staggering and demanding typical areas within the Midwestern United States.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main valuable landscapes within the Midwest

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Copperheads, timber rattlers, and black rat snakes also migrate to the cliffs each year. S. Forest Service closes it to traffic for a few weeks each spring and fall. On the hills and bluffs above the cliffs, dry and mesic forests dominate, but small patches of prairie vegetation—including Indian grass, false boneset, white prairie clover, little bluestem, and side-oats grama-grass—also grow in open areas atop the rocky slopes. Supported by thick, fertile loess soils in most areas, about 1,040 plant species, including 40 designated as rare, grow here.

GENSBURG-MARKHAM PRAIRIE NATURE PRESERVE L ocated within the Chicago suburb of Markham, the Gensburg-Markham Prairie Nature Preserve is a restored sandy loam grassland with characteristics of both sand prairie and black loam prairie ecosystems. It also hosts wetland meadows. This 106-acre prairie remnant was restored to health after its discovery in the 1960s and is now one of the Indian Boundary Prairies, four properties covering a total of 271 acres—all in the suburbs of one of the nation’s largest cities.

It is open to the public yearround and can be accessed off Bluff Road, near the town of Fults about 25 miles south of the St. Louis suburbs. Further Reading Anderson, R. C. 1991. ” In Our Living Heritage: The Biological Resources of Illinois, edited by L. P. Page and M. R. Jeffords, 384–91. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 34, no. 4 (1991): iv + 357–477. Evers, R. A. ” Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 26, no. 5 (1955): 367–466. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. htm#Limestone.

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