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National Tallgrass Prairie was established February 10, 1996 as the
countrys first federally designated tallgrass prairie. The
legislation that created Midewin provided for the transfer of
19,165 acres of land at the Joliet Arsenal site from the U.S. Army
to the U.S. Forest Service and the restoration of these lands to
the eastern tallgrass prairie that existed at the site prior to
European settlement. Midewin is currently the largest prairie
restoration project east of the Mississippi.
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie presents society with a unique opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to the preservation and maintenance of our natural ecosystems. The initiation of such a large and challenging endeavor demonstrates a faith in the recuperative powers of the environment and a confidence in the ability of scientists, volunteers, land managers, and other supporters of the project to implement an effective restoration plan. The restoration at Midewin will require many years of hard work by dedicated scientists and volunteers. The land must be healed from decades of use that degraded natural ecosystem composition, structure, and function. Major elements of tallgrass prairie are still present at the site, but non-native elements are widespread. The native components of the prairie require nurturing, so that the prairie may once again return to its pre-European grandeur. The site name, Midewin, is an appropriate expression of these sentiments and ideas.
Panorama at Midewin NTP
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