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The Lone Tree Exhibit

Graphic of South Dakota, a green dot showing the location of the National Grassland.Buffalo Gap National Grassland
South Dakota

This Plains cottonwood is showing off its autumn finery, on the banks of French Creek, which here carves a path between grassy expanses and badlands formations. Not far from prairie dog towns, it is a favorite area for Golden eagles to nest.

By Lynn Hetlet

Picture of a plains cottonwood showing its fall foliage.