Iowa is known as a prairie state yet native grassland is not generally recognized by Iowans, for the virgin prairie which originally covered five-sixths of the state has been largely removed by the mechanics of farming, and only the characteristic soil profile of the prairie remains to mark its boundaries. The few scattered tracts of prairie which still persist as parts of undivided estates have been the source of the two state-owned reserves. According to a projected plan of the state Conservation Commission others will be acquired, where possible, representing various soil associations and climatic variations.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1949 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Hayden, Ada and Aikman, J. M.
"Considerations Involved in the Management of Prairie Reserves,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 56(1), 133-142.
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