30 Jul '16, 3pm

In the“Prairie State,” less than one tenth of one percent of our vast prairies remain: https://t.co/6sU0tQppJ7

In the“Prairie State,” less than one tenth of one percent of our vast prairies remain: https://t.co/6sU0tQppJ7

Imagine fields of golden grasses stretching out into the horizon, dickcissels and bobolinks singing in open meadows and endless seas of purple coneflowers. Imagine lush wetlands lining the Illinois River, providing essential habitat for fish and other aquatic life. Imagine stands of oak trees rising up from the prairie, offering shade and nesting spots for migratory birds. These are the scenes that once dominated the Illinois landscape centuries ago. The scenic beauty of our prairies, oak savannas and wetlands was unparalleled, enjoyed by anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, these unique habitats were home to thousands of species of plants, migratory birds and wildlife, and they provided great value for people and nature by producing life-giving oxygen, removing carbon from the air and cleaning our water. Challenges Over time, our use and dev...

Full article: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica...

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