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Near Orient in Adair County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Native Prairie Planting

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
1. Native Prairie Planting Marker
Inscription.

When the first settlers arrived in Iowa, nearly 30 of this state's 35 million acres were blanketed with tallgrass prairie. In less than 150 years, 99.9% of this vast, lush grassland disappeared under the plow. The prairie before you contains some of the more than 300 native grass and wildflower species that once stretched for endless miles across Iowa's landscape.
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"When Henry Wallace (Uncle Henry) began buying land there (in Iowa), much of Adair was still 'raw prairie'. Bluestem grass standing eight feet tall covered much of its twenty-four square miles."
"American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace"
By John C. Culver and John Hyde, W.W. Norton & Company, 2000
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Iowa's centuries old prairie resulted in rich, fertile topsoil. Agriculture cultivation and wind and water erosion have seriously depleted the topsoil in a mere 150 years.

Topsoil Chart
1850 - 14" 1950 - 8.5"
1875 - 13" 1975 - 7"
1900 - 11.5" 2000 - 5.5"
1925 - 10" 2025 - ?
"Hybrids and Ploughshares"
by Lisa Schlesinger

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Prairie reconstruction on this 9 acres started in 1997. Seed from the Wearin Prairie in Mills
Native Prairie Planting Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
2. Native Prairie Planting Marker
County, one of Iowa's few remaining native prairies was drilled in the spring.
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Kyle Swanson, Vice President of the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, 1994-1999, assisted with the planning of this prairie.

Kyle is known throughout Iowa for his prairie research and restoration projects.

He died on March 13, 2000 and is remembered here for his prairie dedication and volunteer work.
 
Erected by Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center.
 
Location. 41° 13.815′ N, 94° 21.861′ W. Marker is near Orient, Iowa, in Adair County. Touch for map. Markers are along the tallgrass prairie trail at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2773 290th Street, Orient IA 50858, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jasper James And His Family (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry A. Wallace Birthplace (about 400 feet away); Grasses / Voices (about 400 feet away); The Mormon Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker

Native Prairie Planting Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
3. Native Prairie Planting Marker
also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orient.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center. (Submitted on August 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Tallgrass Prairie Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Submitted on August 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas. (Submitted on August 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Environment
 
Native Prairie Planting Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
4. Native Prairie Planting Marker
Native Prairie Planting Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
5. Native Prairie Planting Marker
Native Prairie Planting Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
6. Native Prairie Planting Markers
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
7. Native Prairie Planting Markers
The Gathering Barn is in background
Native Prairie at Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
8. Native Prairie at Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center
Native Prairie at Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2015
9. Native Prairie at Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center
Plants tower over outstretched arm of contributor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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