Scenic USA - Kentucky
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
Becoming further isolated from the mainland when the Army Corps of Engineers impounded the Cumberland River, today's Land Between the Lakes NRA (National Recreation Area) is a 170,000 acre peninsular forest, packed with wildlife, 300 miles of shoreline and offering tons of outdoor fun. Surrounded by Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, the Land Between the Lakes is 90 percent forested. Its small percentage of grassland supports a reintroduced herd of buffalo and elk. Hoping to recreate a small section of land as it once was 200 years ago, controlled burns over the years have re-established prairie grasses. Big bluestem, Indian grass, and switch grass, reaching eight feet high by September, help support a wide variety of wildlife. Snakes, hawks, songbirds, turkey and deer all share this ever changing prairie.
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