Why is the hillside all brown by the Mark Twain Overlook?
Failed prairie restoration efforts have left the hillside southwest of the Mark Twain overlook of the Mississippi River barren.
“It’s dead, but it’s starting to sprout again,” said Kathy Chalupa, groundskeeper for the City of Muscatine.
The hillside was recently sprayed with new seed to restore the prairie vegetation, planted through funding provided in a 2003 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Chalupa said the good news is that similar failures were seen throughout Iowa this spring, prompting the grant’s renewal.
She said the DOT and DNR will fund prairie restoration at the site through 2009.
— Jennifer Meyer of the Muscatine Journal