Sunday, June 15, 2014

A study in contrast: Joliet Arsenal and the Tallgrass Prairie

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established in 1996 on 19,000 acres of the Joliet Arsenal, which once manufactured munitions for the army. It was the first national tallgrass prairie in the U.S. It is also the southwestern-most corner of Chicago’s Millennium Reserve, which is being developed as the nation’s largest network of urban parklands and natural areas.

Restoration of the native prairie landscape is a long-term project. On a recent visit in early spring I found evidence of this effort as well as obvious remains of its former life as a military installation. Here is my photo essay.

To see a previous photo essay on the Millennium Reserve click here.

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