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Oct. 4, 2004

Free Screening Of Prairie Film Concludes 'Wild Iowa' Symposium Oct. 7

A free, public screening of the film "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie" is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Produced by Daryl Smith, professor of biology and science education at the University of Northern Iowa, the screening is the culmination of a one-day symposium "A Celebration of Wild Iowa." The film runs one hour and will be followed by a discussion session with Smith and other participants in the "Wild Iowa" symposium.

The film tells the story of one of the world's great ecosystems and its transformation from natural landscape to farmland. The tallgrass prairie was once a prominent feature of the North American continent that was reduced, in less than a hundred years, to the vanishing point. The goal of this film is to inform and enlighten the general public about the historical, cultural and environmental aspects of the tallgrass prairie landscape, and to address questions about the future of agriculture in the former tallgrass prairie states of America.

The University of Iowa Project on Place Studies and the Agrestal Fund of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation are presenting this celebration in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Wilderness Act.

More information on the film is online at Additional information on the "Wild Iowa" symposium is online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Thomas Dean, 319-335-1995,