National Geographic : 1980 Jan
floated like islands on distant horizons. And there was grass in abundance, dozens of kinds of grass. Eight feet tall on favored sites, belt high in most places, it was green and bronze and wine and gold, rippling and shining in the sunlight. It's almost gone now, that shining, swirl ing landscape. Other prairie survives, characterized by shorter grasses, on the dry, thinly populated Great Plains to the west. Among the galaxy of wild flowers that spangle the prairie,blazing stars shoot up from Cayler Prairiein Iowa. Such preserves dot the Midwest, but most are small. Parkproponents seek 320,000 acres in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma, a size needed to revive the native ecosystem and evoke the vastness of the virgin prairie. Can the TallgrassPrairieBe Saved?