Kansas Nature Convervancy http://hppr.org en Prairie Invaders http://hppr.org/post/prairie-invaders <p></p><p> A trip to the Red Hills southwest of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, can be an eye opener for both beautiful countryside and an invading horde of Eastern Red Cedars -- a good tree gone bad.&nbsp; Red cedars have been a part of the history of the Great Plains from Texas to Canada, and were once controlled from over-population by natural wildfires.&nbsp; But with the advent of civilization, fires have been controlled to the point that the tree is taking over grazing lands and disastrous results are being reported.&nbsp; Reduced cattle forage, numbers of grassland birds (especially the prairie chicken), lesser numbers of other wildlife, and decreased stands of&nbsp; wildflowers are a result of the forestation of the prairie.&nbsp; One of the most serious side effects is the drain on water supplied from natural aquifers and annual rainfall.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 16970 at http://hppr.org Prairie Invaders