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Once the bottom of glacial Lake Agassiz, the prairie of the Red River region enjoys a rich soil, a diverse flora and fauna, and a fascinating history. This book briefly describes the human impact on this environment and the current efforts to preserve and restore the ecology of this important area. Are there ways to remove invasive plants such as the leafy spurge or Euphorbia esula without destroying the prairie in the process? Will a diverse fauna and flora improve a pasture? Some of these questions are only beginning to be answered by research and observation, bringing together ecologists, ranchers, botanists, farmers and others. This book describes some of the successes of these individuals in sustaining and improving the prairies in this special part of the Upper Midwest. It is an inspiration to anyone looking at habitat restoration on a grand, living scale.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office at the Chicago Botanic Garden.