The Forest Returns

The Forest Returns (HM1I3H)

Location: Park City, KY 42160 Edmonson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 8.853', W 86° 5.512'

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Along this stretch of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, passengers looking out their small passenger coach were greeted with views of open fields. Then, the route of the Mammoth Cave Railroad was not through the forest, but through rural farmland.
For generations settlers had labored to clear the forest and turn the rocky soil of the Mammoth Cave plateau into farm fields of corn, hay, tobacco, and pastures for livestock.

Today, decades after the establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park, nature has reclaimed the old fields. Dense stands of Eastern Red Cedar, as seen here, are testament to the once cleared land. Cedars are among the first trees to return to abandoned fields, beginning a succession of changes that will eventually result in the mature hardwood forest of the dry ridgetops of south central Kentucky.
Today, travelers are greeted by a mixed forest, alive with wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and a variety of other wildlife as the forest continues its return.
HM NumberHM1I3H
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 580646 N 4111626
Decimal Degrees37.14755000, -86.09186667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 8.853', W 86° 5.512'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 8' 51.18" N, 86° 5' 30.72" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Park City KY 42160, US
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