The beautiful Flint Hills.
This region is special because it contains the largest area of intact tallgrass prairie in North America.
Mr. Zebulon Pike— who later explored the Rocky Mountains— first named the hills way back in 1806. Back in the day, farmers found the soil too rocky to farm due to the deposits of limestone, instead using it for grazing and ranching, preserving the land for the future.
I’m quite glad they did. :D I think it’s a very pretty place, don’t you think?
It’s absolutely gorgeous in spring.
In a natural prairie ecosystem, fires are an essential part of the natural process. They burn off dead grass and deposit valuable fertilizer into the soil. In the past, these fires were caused by lightning or other natural causes; today the burnings are more controlled so as not to disturb human activity.
Many different plants and animals live there, including the famous American bison. It was nearly hunted to extinction during the 19th century, but now they are being reintroduced into the region where they once roamed in endless herds.
The tallest point is about 1680 feet, so hey, they might not be mountains like my sister has, but that’s okay. I have all I need right here.