America's natural places by Kelly Enright

By Kelly Enright

From Rocky Mountain nationwide Park in Colorado to the Tallgrass Prairie nationwide look after in Kansas, this quantity presents a image of the main awesome and significant traditional locations within the nice Plains and Rocky Mountains.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main precious landscapes within the Rocky Mountains and nice Plains

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But it is not just the ecological diversity that makes Blanton Forest important. This natural area bears beneath its canopy the rich cultural heritage of central Appalachia. It is located approximately five miles west of the city of Harlan, sometimes referred to as “bloody Harlan” because of its history of violence related to coal miners struggling with corrupt coal companies for better wages and safer working conditions. It is a link to the past when white settlers and pioneers traveled through its ridges and hollows, and a window into the region’s Native American history.

The forests also provide recreation areas for the local residents as well as sanctuary for enjoyment of the corridor’s wooded natural beauty. With the vast majority of Delaware’s original forest lands gone, preservation of those that still remain is of critical importance. Delaware 15 Still it would be a mistake to overlook the corridor’s streams—Blackbird Creek and Cypress Branch—and the tidal wetlands, ponds, and bird habitats that support the migratory avian populations that pass through the corridor.

In addition to the regeneration of species such as cane and blue ash, historical preservation, and research of the soil composition of Griffith, the Bluegrass Restoration Project is monitoring changes in the forest structure with a technology called LiDAR (light detection and ranging), which collects topographical data from air flights over an area in order to closely monitor changes in the landscape. Using this technology helps researchers to better understand the ecosystem under study and how it responds to restoration efforts.

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