Homestead National Monument of America in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A Prairie Reborn
These rambling acres of grass and greenery might not look like a carefully planned landscape. Yet they are part of an ongoing restoration effort begun in 1939 to undo the effects of 76 years of farming, restoring agricultural fields to a diverse collection of native plant species that represent the vegetation the first homesteaders encountered.
Prairie ecosystems once spanned 140,000,000 acres. Today, less than one percent remains. Restoration and research at Homestead National Monument of America help us to understand and manage these vanishing environments.
…it would seem desirable to make an effort early in the program to restore some of the more prominent spring, summer and fall flowers to show a part of nature which no doubt gave some cheer to the first settlers.
Restoration of Native Grassland at Homestead National Monument, 1938
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 17.13′ N, 96° 49.614′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Click for map. Marker is on the Homestead Heritage Center patio. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8523 West Nebraska Hwy 4, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (here, next to this marker); Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Heritage Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Walk in Their Shoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Do You Live Near a Homestead? (within shouting distance of this marker); Boundaries of Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Close Quarters (about 300 feet away); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Homestead National Monument of America.
Also see . . . Homestead National Monument of America. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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