Mammoth Cave National Park Grasses

Kentucky once had a vast area of savannah grassland known as the "Barrens." This was in part a human-engineered ecosystem maintained through intentional burning by Native Americans before European contact in an effort to attract deer and buffalo. Although largely eliminated from the region because of agricultural practice and fire suppression, small remnant stands of native grasses still exist and consist of varieties of Indian Grass, Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, and others genetically distinct from their cousins in the Great Plains.

Efforts at native Kentucky prairie restoration have begun in the park at the old Job Corps area and at the old Wondering Woods site.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.