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By Jason Ney

From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature protect in Ohio, this quantity offers a picture of the main mind-blowing and critical common areas within the Midwestern United States.

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

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Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Summer 2000. html. GIANT CITY STATE PARK W ith its towering sandstone bluffs and lush forests, Giant City State Park is typical of southern Illinois’s Greater Shawnee Hills. This rock-strewn terrain, covered with large fern communities, oak-hickory forests, and floodplain forests along Indian Creek, lies within Shawnee National Forest, just south of Carbondale. The 4,000-acre park includes the smaller Fern Rocks Nature Preserve within its boundaries. 16 America’s Natural Places: The Midwest The sandstone formations underlying Giant City were formed about 320 million years ago beneath an inland sea that once covered most of the state along with western Indiana and western Kentucky.

The considerable debris from the dead and felled trees, however, would provide too much fuel, burning considerably hotter than historical fires and damaging even the thick-barked oaks. As a result, in 1999, The Nature Conservancy received authorization from the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission to barter or sell the larger sugar maples. This approach not only has saved money but also makes use of a valuable natural resource and eliminates excessive fuel when future burns are made. It was an unusual measure and at first questioned because of the typically high value placed on sugar maples.

The considerable debris from the dead and felled trees, however, would provide too much fuel, burning considerably hotter than historical fires and damaging even the thick-barked oaks. As a result, in 1999, The Nature Conservancy received authorization from the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission to barter or sell the larger sugar maples. This approach not only has saved money but also makes use of a valuable natural resource and eliminates excessive fuel when future burns are made. It was an unusual measure and at first questioned because of the typically high value placed on sugar maples.

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