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By Jason Ney

From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature safeguard in Ohio, this quantity presents a photograph of the main awesome and demanding normal locations within the Midwestern United States.

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

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Further inland, the ridges support larger shrubs, including sand cherry, willow, New Jersey tea, shrubby cinquefoil, and larger numbers of cactus. Here also are the beginnings of forested sand dunes, with oak savannas dominating. Savannas consist mainly of prairie species, with scattered trees. Black oaks are the most common tree species, but several kinds of pine introduced about 100 years ago also grow here. 18 America’s Natural Places: The Midwest Between the dunes lies a complex wetland ecosystem, much of which is nurtured by the seasonal fluctuations of the Dead River.

Hunting is permitted in season. The area and the trailhead are located along Hickory Ridge Road, south of the town of Murphysboro off Illinois Route 127. Further Reading Illinois Department of Natural Resources. pdf. Mohlenbrock, Robert H. ” Natural History, June 1997. com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_n5_v106/ai_19752779/. MEREDOSIA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE N early all of the original forest, prairies, and marshes along the floodplains of the Mississippi River and its major tributaries have been drained and converted to farmland and pasture.

Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 1997. ILLINOIS BEACH NATURE PRESERVE L ying within the highly developed Chicago metropolitan area, the Illinois Beach Nature Preserve protects ecologically rich lakeshore habitat. The 829-acre preserve represents the state’s last remaining beach dune shoreline and encompasses sand dune, sand prairie, savanna, and various wetland communities. Located within Illinois Beach State Park in Lake County, the preserve provides critical habitat for migrating birds and several threatened and endangered plant species.

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