Where The Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie

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University of Iowa Press, 2009 - Nature - 340 pages
“It was a flowing emerald in spring and summer when the boundless winds ran across it, a tawny ocean under the winds of autumn, and a stark and painful emptiness when the great long winds drove in from the northwest. It was Beulahland for many; Gehenna for some. It was the tall prairie.”—from the “Prologue”

Originally published in 1982, Where the Sky Began, John Madson’s landmark publication, introduced readers across the nation to the wonders of the tallgrass prairie, sparking the current interest in prairie restoration. Now back in print, this classic tome will serve as inspiration to those just learning about the heartland’s native landscape and rekindle the passion of long-time prairie enthusiasts.

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This book is a rare combination of informed and informative writing with lyrical, poetic descriptions that create an unforgettable sense of place. If you have any feeling for the natural world ... Read full review


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Iowa native John Madson (1923–1995) is considered the father of the modern prairie restoration movement; his books include Where the Sky Began (Iowa reprint, 2004), Stories from under the Sky (Iowa reprint, 2007), Up on the River, and Tallgrass Prairie. He wrote extensively on natural history and resource conservation for Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic, among many others.

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