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The Guide to Iowa's State Preserves

A Bur Oak Guide

Ruth Herzberg (author) John Pearson (author)

ISBN: 9780877457749

Publication Date: Dec 2001

Format: Paperback

This guide to all 90 Iowa state preserves - biological, geological, archaeological, historical, and scenic - describes the state's most treasured prairies and forests, quartzite outcrops and ice caves, and Indian mounds and wetlands as well as historic sites as Fort Atkinson and Mountauk.
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The Iowa state preserves system was created in 1965; a decade later, thirty preserves had been dedicated, including "six native prairies, a native White Pine stand, the state's only Sphagnum bog, a Balsam Fir stand, some of the oldest exposed rock outcrops in the world, an ancient fort, a fen, several Indian mound groups and a historical cemetery." This new guide to all ninety Iowa state preserves - biological, geological, archaeological, historical, and scenic - describes the state's most treasured prairies and forests, quartzite outcrops and ice caves, and Indian mounds and wetlands as well as such historic sites as Fort Atkinson and Montauk. Each entry includes two-color, progressively scaled maps giving the location of the preserve within the state, within its county, relative to a nearby town (with a recommended driving route), and on the local landscape (using USGS 7.5-minute topo maps). Also included are written directions (using 911 street names and signs); a description of the preserve's size, features, and history; a list of nearby or similar preserves, parks, natural areas, and other attractions; recommended readings; and contact information. (There are a few exceptions for privately owned or fragile preserves.) For travelers, a map in the introduction numbers all the preserves both geographically and alphabetically by name. Although the preserves system emphasizes preservation rather than recreation, some preserves do have formal trails; some allow hunting, horseback riding, and canoeing; a few have museums or nature centers. This comprehensive guide allows visitors to plan active and informative visits to sites that highlight Iowa's natural and cultural heritage.
Illustrations 180 maps
Pages 240
Date Published 31 Dec 2001
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Series Bur Oak Book
Subject/s Management of land & natural resources   Forestry & related industries   Travel & holiday guides   Regional geography  
Ruth Herzberg and John Pearson work, respectively, for the Forest and Prairies Division at the State Forest Nursery in Ames and for the Parks, Recreation and Preserves Division, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in Des Moines.

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