The primeval prairie of Iowa is fast vanishing. This region where grass grew tall and prairie fires yearly swept over expanses bounded by the horizon or broken here and there by zones of forest along the streams, man, one of the most important of ecological forces, has selected for his permanent habitat. The prairie of former years now lingers in small patches bounded by wire fences and known as hay fields; or where the less ambitious farmer has failed to insert an arterial system of tile, occasional sloughs and swamps furnish homes for hosts of sturdy cattails, slim reeds, plumy grasses and their associates growing with all the glory of former generations. Several of these reserved prairie patches within a radius of a mile show representative growth including a range of characteristic species considerable for such an area. The gradual changes through a period of thirty years have been noted by one observer but only in the last ten years have specific notes been made.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1918 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
"Notes on the Floristic Features of a Prairie Province in Central Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 25(1), 369-389.
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