Monday, June 20, 2011
TMI Wraps Up another Week of Prairie Restoration
One doesn't generally associate West Virginia with prairie habitat. In fact, much of the east coast would be forested if not for human interference. In Smoke Hole Canyon, within Grant County, however, prairie is the norm. The hot, dry climate and historic disturbances (likely grazing of elk and wood bison) prevented forests from forming and allowed grass species to proliferate, many of which exist nowhere else in the eastern United States. TMI has been working with The Nature Conservancy for the past two years to restore the native prairie to a small test plot in this unique pocket of the Mountain State. For more information about this project please see our article, "TMI Begins Third Season of Prairie Restoration in Smoke Hole Canyon," in the Spring 2011 issue of the Spruce Knob News.