Quinn Oak Openings Topo Map

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The sign at the parking area reads “Quinn Oak Openings–Area of Exceptional Forest Character.” This wonderfully diverse area is a magical place for us humans to wander in winter. Approximately 4,000 years ago a major drought caused the demise of many native species of trees and allowed midwestern prairie plants to move east. It created fields of tall grass prairies surrounded by oak forests–an oak opening. The Indians noticed that these grass openings were havens from bugs and allowed them to get a broader view of approaching enemies so they kept the grasslands open with fire. The absence of trees in the oak openings made them easy targets for farmers. As white settlers moved in, many of the oak openings were put to use to raise crops. Quinn Oak Openings is one of fewer than 20 oak openings remaining in the world. It was spared because limestone is only a few inches below the surface. This land was privately owned and was used to graze cows. The farmers continued periodic burnings to encourage grass growth. Today, DEC continues this practice to save this unique resource. Terrain: Mostly flat, some moderate hills.
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Rush, New York

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