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Article: Gateway to Kamama Prairie

From Arc Newsletter, 2021. Kamama Prairie was the second preserve in the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and remains its crown jewel of biodiversity – sheltering 24 rare and endangered plant species in all. One out of every three state-listed species in the entire 7300-acre Arc Preserve System lies in this lone, relatively small preserve. Kamama also boasts 68 extraordinary plant species previously state-listed.Read More.

Article: Seeding the Arc- Kamama Prairie

From Arc Newsletter, 2004. What is it about a prairie that seems to seep into one’s soul? If any ecosystem symbolizes the American spirit, the prairie is it — not the great forests that had a counterpart in Europe, but the great grasslands which did not. When the European settlers left the shadows of the expansive Eastern forest and emerged on the edge of the prairies — they were looking into a strange and sun-drenched world. Read More.

Article: Draba Verna

From Arc Newsletter, 2004. Of Ka-ma-ma Prairie’s forty-three species of rare and endangered plants, one of the most interesting is a tiny annual that doesn’t even have a common name. We address it by its Latin name Draba verna. Read More.

Article: An Expanded Prairie

From Arc Newsletter, 2010. In 2009 we succeeded in our third acquisition in the Kamama Preserve region by purchasing a contiguous six acre tract that would have otherwise become developed as a house site. This small property has classic prairie features, and claims a phenomenal number of six state-listed plant species, quite a few for a property of such a small size. Read More.

Draba verna. Photo courtesy of John Howard.