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2005-10-03 07:25:00

NORTHBROOK, Ill -- Restoring vanished prairies that looked to long-ago observers like an endless inland grass sea covering the U.S. Midwest requires backbreaking work to clear brush, collect and spread seeds and, most importantly, set fires. The culmination of nearly 30 years of hard labor to bring back the prairie landscape on one piece of land in this Chicago suburb is arresting to the senses. It bursts with scents and colors from hundreds of different types of flowers and grasses. It is a...