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Nine Mile Prairie
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Nine Mile Prairie

Nine Mile Prairie is a stretch of conserved prairie land near the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. Although some of the land has at times been grazed, it has never been plowed. As such, it is the largest area of unmodified prairie in the state of Nebraska.

Nine Mile Prairie is now administered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The university uses it for a variety of research and recreational purposes, especially for studies of prairie ecology.

In addition to prairie grasses, the site supports a range of prairie trees, including cottonwoods and honey locust. Invasive sumac plants and (in the absence of fire) eastern juniper trees require control to preserve the original prairie ecology. Though not rich in animal life, it is home to bluebirds and white-tailed deer.

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