Joy in Livingston County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
A Changed Landscape
Mantle Rock Preserve
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
At the time of early settlement, Kentucky looked very different than it does today. Over two million acres of the state were native prairie, maintained through the use of fire by American Indians over thousands of years. Exclusion of fire, elimination of bison, and expanding human settlement led to a large decline in native prairie habitat.
Healthy prairies, full of a diversity of native grasses and wildflowers, are rare. Many species of plants and animals are found only in these ecosystems. Without help, these species will continue to decline.
Both nature and humans have used fire to regulate the health and bounty of native prairies. Fire is still used today to maintain the delicate balance of human use and conservation.
The Nature Conservancy works to restore prairies to their natural state by removing invasive species and burning to promote new growth.
Long-term protection of native prairies includes monitoring plants and animals.
Prairie: an ecological community in which the dominant plants are native grasses and wildflowers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 21.659′ N, 88° 25.6′ W. Marker is in Joy, Kentucky, in Livingston County. Marker is on Lola Road (Kentucky Route 133) 0.2 miles from Mantle Rock Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the 2.75-mile loop trail at the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithland KY 42081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witness to History (within shouting distance of this marker); Mantle Rock (1/2 Mile) (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Winter Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); Protect / Transform / Inspire (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Original Route (approx. 0.3 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.3 miles away); Exploring Mantle Rock (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Real Story of Mantle Rock (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joy.
More about this marker. The Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, and contains a 2.75-mile walking trail. A portion of the trail follows an old road trace used by the Cherokee during the winter of 1838-1839. The National Park Service helped restore this portion of the trail by erecting interpretive exhibits along the old road trace.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.