Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area is a 2,537-acre (1,027 ha) state park and listed state nature preserve. More than half of the state park is a tallgrass prairie maintained as a natural area of Illinois. It is located in Grundy County near the town of Morris, approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Chicago.
... The first 250 acres (100 ha) of Goose Lake was purchased by Illinois for nature preservation purposes in 1969 ... The addition of additional parcels created the present-day Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area ... The remaining patches of tallgrass prairie had been extensively altered by human activity during the preceding 150 years, but active management began to re-knit these patches into a unified swathe of natural ...
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