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By Kelly Enright

From Rocky Mountain nationwide Park in Colorado to the Tallgrass Prairie nationwide protect in Kansas, this quantity offers a photograph of the main brilliant and significant normal areas within the nice Plains and Rocky Mountains.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main valuable landscapes within the Rocky Mountains and nice Plains

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S. history, Kentucky was the west. It was a frontier where English, French, and Spanish explorers came into contact with Native American tribes in the midst of a wild landscape roaring with buffalo and the beating wings of wild turkeys. This contact proved to be disastrous for the indigenous cultures and for the buffalo. While many of the original inhabitants of Kentucky either died of European diseases or were forced into territories beyond their homelands, the buffalo were hunted to near extinction.

The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest and most complex estuaries in the United States and lies to the west of the corridor. The Blackbird-Millington Corridor has resisted devastating pollution and development for this long due to the conscientious stewardship of private farmowners who have cared for the quiet beauty and life-affirming natural resources of this area. Without their dedication to preserving their local landscapes, much of what this green corridor has to offer would have been lost to development.

But the river’s importance to the region is also undeniable. The Green River watershed comprises roughly 8,288 miles of streams and rivers in Kentucky, and the Upper Green River Basin is the water source for well over 100,000 people. The most famous ecological feature of the Green River region is Mammoth Cave, which is the largest cave system in the world, with more than 350 miles of known subterranean passageways, and Kentucky’s biggest tourist attraction. The Green River played an important role in the formation of the unparalleled enormity of Mammoth Cave’s network of caverns through erosion and the river cutting deep into the limestone layers.

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