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Prairie Fire Festival Honors Dramatic Flint Hills Tradition

The Prairie Fire Festival in Cottonwood Falls celebrates the annual range-management practice of burning the tallgrass prairie to promote new growth. Indigenous Native Americans noticed that bison liked to graze on the freshly burned grasses and shared the concept with European settlers, who went on to develop exceptional cattle-grazing territory.The festival marks this Flint Hills tradition with a weeklong schedule of talks on everything from “The Kaw Dwellings in Morris County, Kan.” to “Mammals of the Tallgrass Prairie” and performances by historians and bluegrass groups.

Posted on April 4, 2011 10:25AM by Becky Blake

Floating on a Sea of Grass

Road through flint hillsA drive along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway carries visitors back to a different time. Imagine being alone in the middle of a vast ocean. Only this is no ordinary sea. Instead of water, you see only fields of grass stretching to the horizon in all directions. Tall grass. With blades stretching over your head.

Posted on March 10, 2011 11:03PM by Dennis Toll


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