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Autumn in Blaze
By Dan Field, Superintendent of Safety, Heritage and
Outdoor Education, Chief of Park Police

In autumn, Ernie Miller Park’s few acres of prairie change from lush green to dry brown, from tall waves to a downtrodden crush. Leaden skies will soon drop snow. Winter’s arrival will bring rest to what is left of the prairie lands. Two hundred years ago, tall grass prairie stretched from Ohio to eastern Kansas & from Saskatchewan into Texas. Little of it is still here – plowed under by European settlers who replaced it with corn, a domesticated tall grass.

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