Map of Lakes Province States including:

Western New York

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

Ohio

Indiana

Michigan

Northern Minnesota

Southern Illinois

 

OVERVIEW: CHARACTER OF THE LAKES PROVINCE BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

Lakes Province

In the last 400 years, the landscape of the

Lakes Province has been substantially altered

by development. European settlers cleared

swaths of original forests for farms and timber.

The tallgrass prairie was completely cleared for

farming and grazing.

 

The landscape of this vast province is generally a

cultivated, altered, and domesticated landscape

rather than a wild one. Even in national forests,

few spots are more than a few miles from a road.

 

Yet nature is regenerating strongly here. The

northern tier of this province did not readily yield

to the plow. Early settlers found the growing

season too short to raise crops. Much of this

landscape has reverted to pasture or forest and

efforts are underway to restore the prairies.

 

In this densely settled province, urban populations

rely on national forest lands, which comprise the

largest areas of open space and outdoor

recreation opportunities. People may expect high

levels of development in these recreation facilities.

 

 

 

 

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