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  • Exploring the remnants of an ancient forest

    Three men stand in the woods near a depressed track and a fallen tree.

    From left, Jamie Ellis, Nate Hudson and Brian Allan inspect what's left of a wagon trail that once cut through Brownfield Woods.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    Ellis and Hudson are affiliated with the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.

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