Sail Seas of Grass on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

It used to stretch in an enormous swath from Manitoba to Texas north to south, Indiana to Kansas east to west. 140 million acres of tallgrass prairie; a never-ending sea of grasses and plants with names like Big Bluestem and Butterfly milkweed. Prairie chickens fluffed and boomed looking for mates, ornate box turtles crept along, bison herds stretched for miles and beneath the top soil layer, another entire world of 10-foot-plus root systems, nematodes, burrowing small animals and limestone aquifers. Very little of this ecosystem remains today – less than 4% of the original. Most of it is in the

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