America's natural places by Kelly Enright

By Kelly Enright

From Rocky Mountain nationwide Park in Colorado to the Tallgrass Prairie nationwide protect in Kansas, this quantity offers a image of the main awesome and significant typical areas within the nice Plains and Rocky Mountains.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main precious landscapes within the Rocky Mountains and nice Plains

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Jones, Ronald L. Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. EASTVIEW BARRENS PRESERVE D edicated in 1997 as Kentucky’s 37th state nature preserve, Eastview Barrens is roughly 120 acres of prairie grassland and the largest remaining example of the “Big Barrens” that used to cover Kentucky’s western midlands. Since most of the barrens that used to expand across Kentucky have been converted to farmland, other examples of barrens vegetation are small and isolated.

Formed over limestone bedrock, Robbins Swamp is a calcareous swamp that is highly alkaline. Many of the wetland areas in New England are highly acidic, making this swamp quite unique. The soils contain high levels of calcium carbonate, creating a fertile environment for unusual species. The endangered timber rattlesnake and northern metalmark butterfly can be found in this region of Connecticut. Trees in the swamp include red maple, black ash, and American elm. The rare spreading globeflower and a swamp orchid called yellow lady’s slipper can be found in this wetland along with showy lady’s slipper, grass-of-Parnassus, and fringed gentian.

Further Reading Jones, Ronald L. Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. Kentucky Natural Lands Trust. htm. Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. htm. DINSMORE WOODS I AND STATE NATURE PRESERVE n 1842, James and Martha Dinsmore built their home amid acres of old-growth forest in Western Boone County, Kentucky. Located in the northern section of the Bluegrass region, this area has remained relatively undisturbed and provides Kentucky’s only example of Pleistocene glaciations.

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