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11 March 2009

The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands (Scientists in the Field Series)

Written and photographed by Sneed B. Collard III

A prairie is habitat where animals that depend on grass, and wild grass live. As the American settlers moved west most of the prairie land was turned into farmland. By the 1980’s Iowa had “less than one tenth of one percent” of its original prairie left. One congressman and a team of scientist began the journey to rebuild Iowa’s prairie. This book is about the progress as the scientists reintroduce native plants, and animals. The book raises and interesting question at the end; Is it really a prairie if it looks and acts like a prairie? That is to say can an entire ecosystem be replaced if not all of its components are understood or known?