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Bringing back the prairie

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By Walt Reichert

Nearly all of the prairie settlers found on their way across North America is now gone. But if efforts at Red Orchard Park pan out, visitors can get an idea what those early settlers may have seen when the crossed the country in their covered wagons. And they may hear the increasingly rare call of the bobwhite quail to boot.

On Tuesday, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks workers planted 15 acres in Red Orchard Park to a mix of grasses that mimic those found in the short grass prairies of bygone days. Kentucky originally had hundreds of thousands of acres of prairie lands.


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