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Amid ‘the most altered landscape in America,’ this 100-acre plot in Johnson County remains rich and wild

Before the first Europeans arrived in what would become Iowa, most of the land here was covered by wild prairie plants. Bison and elk once grazed in the northwest and central regions, and black bears populated the woodlands and brush […]

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Controlled prairie burns in Iowa City parks will begin at Hickory Hill Park on Thursday

A controlled burn of the prairie in Hickory Hill Park is scheduled for Thursday, wind and weather conditions permitting, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department said on Tuesday. The Hickory Hills fire is the first of five controlled burns in city parks the department plans for April. […]

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