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Prairie Projections

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Incrementally, the natural Prairie habitat in and around Chicago may be on the mend. But what was this place really like in pre-settlement days? WBEZ's Lewis Wallace sets out to solve this question by painting a romantic but detailed portrait of the "web of marshy wetlands, dry ridges and forest groves" that once populated the city proper. A series of diptychs serve to illustrate a once super-fertile region and a couple of videos look at grassland restoration efforts. Pretty cool stuff. [WBEZ, photo: Flickr/Renee Rendler-Kaplan]