Terre Noire Blackland Prairie © Scott Simon/TNCFrom the Birmingham News: The Alabama Chapter of the Nature Conservancy has signed an option to buy a 3,000-acre tract that adjoins the state-owned archeological park at Old Cahawba and is a remnant of the rich-soiled tall-grass prairies that once covered 1,000 square miles of central Alabama.

"There are expanses of native, natural grassland with very few non-native weeds and grasses. So, it is close to being a little slice of what Alabama used to be like that first attracted the settlers there," Oberholster said.

Too shallow to support large forest trees, the prairies supported smaller trees such as Eastern red cedar, redbud and hackberry, and large expanses of tall grasses such as yellow Indian grass and little bluestem, grasses more commonly associated with the Great Plains.

See the article, "Alabama chapter of Nature Conservancy working on deal to buy 3,000-acre tract near Old Cahawba that includes tall-grass prairies", at Everything Alabama for the full story.

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