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Contributed by volunteer Lisa Misch
Not many would consider a volunteer workday after a long five-day work week but just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, work also in the eye of the worker. Cressmoor Prairie, located in Hobart, Indiana has one of the rarest ecosystems in the state. Having an agricultural and grazing history, this small parcel of prairie (just under 50 acres), rallies as the only permanently protected black-soil prairie in Indiana.
Over time, plants and grasses of unprotected prairies begin to be replaced by opportunistic woody growth. This woody growth begins to alter not only the landscape but also the insect and wildlife populations. Through these changes, unprotected prairies may succumb to the loss of threatened plants and remnant dependent insects.
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