Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve

 

 

Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve Plants and Wildlife

Click on the Plant, Bird, Retile and Amphibian, Insect and Arachnid, and Mammal tabs at the bottom of the table to scroll through the lists. These lists are based on species identified during site visits. Bloom periods are based on those provided by the

Illinois Plant Information Network website.

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About Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve

Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve is located in Marshall County, just north and west of Marshalltown, Iowa. The preserve consists of 219 acres of sand prairie and fens managed by the Marshall County Conservation Board.  Seventeen acres in the southwest corner of this preserve are in remnant condition. The more recent 202 acre addition to the preserve was previously cropped and is currently undergoing restoration.
 

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Interesting literature concerning Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve (click on the blue titles to view online articles):

 
Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies. 2004. Guide to Prairie Sites Near Grinnell, Iowa, Third edition. 40 pages.
 

Lee, Jeffrey A. and Zobeck, Ted M., 2002. Origin of Iowa's Sand Prairies in the Proceedings of ICAR5/GCTE-SEN Joint Conference, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA Publication 02-2 p. 373.

Marshall County Conservation Marietta Sand Prairie Preserve brochure

 

Mohlenbrock, R. 2002. Sands of time: a small prairie that formed at the end of the Ice Age is an Iowa gem. Natural History.

 

My County Parks Marietta Sand Prairie Preserve web page

 

Wilsey, B. J., L. M. Martin and H. W. Polley. 2005. Predicting Plant Extinction Based on Specie-Area Curves in Prairie Fragments with High Beta Richness. Conservation Biology 19(6):1835-1841.

 

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