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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Savanna and Prairie: Requiem for the Past, Hope for the Future

Savanna and Prairie: Requiem for the Past, Hope for the Future

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(p.103) 8 Savanna and Prairie: Requiem for the Past, Hope for the Future
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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
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Mark K. Leach

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0008

This chapter examines what is left of prairies. Like savannas, the tall-grass prairies that once dominated the landscapes of southern Wisconsin have become one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country with less than 0.1% remaining. Many are aware of the efforts being invested in restoring prairie and savanna habitats. Fewer are aware of the fact that the precious few small remnant patches of prairie have lost many of their native species since the 1950s. Despite the depressing numbers, it is hoped that the patterns these losses reveal will help us learn how to better manage both the old and new prairies now under our care. Interest in science-based prairie restoration is growing, translating into some on-the-ground success stories.

Keywords:   tall-grass prairies, southern Wisconsin, native species, prairie restoration

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