Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma is the largest protected area of tallgrass prairie on Earth, spanning 39,000 acres. The prairie is a complex environment harboring a rich diversity of plants and animals. Prior to its purchase by the Nature Conservancy, the preserve was called the Barnard Ranch, which had been part of the Chapman-Barnard ranch of 100,000 acres.
The Tallgrass Prarie goes beyond what the eye can see, what Walt Whitman called, “that delicate miracle, the ever-recurring grass”.
Bison are the most prominent attraction of the preserve. The herd numbers more than 2,500 and grazes 21,000 acres. Annually, over 10,000 visitors drive the scenic route on public county roads through the heart of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve to observe the bison.
Starting and ending in Pawhuska, the complete drive is approximately 50 miles, and takes about two hours at a leisurely pace. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge.
Listen to Harvey Payne and Jenk Jones as they tell you the story of how this great Oklahoma prairie land became a preservation site brought to you by foundations and individuals who believe in preserving Oklahoma’s legacy one voice at a time on voiceofoklahoma.com
Interview about the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: July 15, 2014
Date Published: September 03, 2014
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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