America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie

The Linn County Extension Office passed along the following about a free film showing next week:


   Learn about our heritage and be inspired to plant your own prairie as Linn County Extension Master Gardeners welcome you to a free presentation of America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb 19, 2009, at Linn County Extension, 3279 7th Ave. Ste 140, Marion, Iowa. 

   America’s Lost Landscape tells the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history.  Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 – in the space of a single lifetime – the tallgrass prairie was steadily transformed to farmland.

   It examines the record of human struggle, triumph, and defeat that prairie history exemplifies, including the history and culture of America’s aboriginal inhabitants. The story of how and why the prairie was changed by Euro-American settlement is thoughtfully nuanced. The film also highlights prairie preservation efforts and explores how the tallgrass prairie ecosystem may serve as a model for a sustainable agriculture of the future.

   The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America. If you have any questions about the presentation, call Linn County Extension at (319)377-9839.

   The film was produced in association with the University of Northern Iowa, its Foundation and the Tallgrass Prairie Center.



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