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Lincoln Prairie Grass Bike Trail Prairie Remnant

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Lincoln Prairie

Many of the few remaining native prairie remnants in Illinois occur along existing and former railroad beds, since the ground along the rights-of-way was never plowed up for farming.  This is a half-mile example of such a "railroad prairie," along a line that ran between Charleston and Mattoon.  It contains a good diversity of prairie plants, plus, unfortunately, a stand of exotic sweet clover that EVS has been trying to eliminate.  Other railroad prairies in east-central Illinois are near Neoga, Mason, Newman and Paxton.