The Prairie Reader

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Americans tend to focus on redwood forests, Gulf Stream waters, and purple mountains' majesty -- and ignore the fruited plains. It's easy to see why, since so much of the great American prairie was plowed under for intensive agriculture. Yet, an engaging quarterly newsletter, The Prairie Reader, reminds us theres grandeur and delight to be found in the patches of grasslands that still remain.

The newsletter might make a prairie partisan out of even the most ardent mountain or seashore lover with its engaging blend of good writing, thorough reporting, and an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. Editor/publisher Camille LeFevre deftly packs her dozen pages with a good mix of ecological essays, first-person observations, reports from the field, gardening tips, landscape sketches, a calendar of upcoming events, and a regular column on the medicinal uses of prairie plants. A recent intriguing column focused on the ubiquitous echinacea, or prairie coneflower, whose medicinal benefits were discovered centuries ago by Native Americans.

The Prairie Reader, Box 8227, St. Paul, MN 55108. Subscriptions: $25/yr. (4 issues).