River King Wildlife Refuge: Reeds and Prairie Grasses

River King Wildlife Refuge: Reeds and Prairie Grasses
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After the Peabody Coal Company stripped the coal from its River King Mine, it donated the land to the State of Illinois, which converted it to a wildlife refuge.

In stripping the coal a really big Tonka toy scoops the soil and rock (overburden) from the landscape. When the coal plays out, the landscape is laced with deep, narrow lakes, which fill with rainwater. Wetland plants take root. The State stocks the lakes with fish.

Refuge manages seed the overburden hills with native prairie grasses and trees, in an effort to mimic the landscape as it was before mining.

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