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Knowing Prairies: An Essay in Comic Form


Liz Anna Kozik shares stories of Midwestern landscapes through art, especially comics. Combining environmental history and contemporary ecology through visually-engaging comics, she hopes to inspire public interest and stewardship in these complex landscapes. Find her on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter to see more of her work. Website. Contact



  1. Jane Eagle

    Interesting and enjoyable perspective.
    Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, “nativists” want to cut down 400,000 trees currently in East Bay parks and cover the deforestation with herbicides. The goal is to “restore” the grasslands that were here before the Gold Rush, in spite of overwhelming public opposition. Grasslands are the most dangerous landscape in terms of wildfires, which we in California are experiencing more and more often. The deforestation will affect air quality for hundreds of miles around. We are having very little chance to negotiate our relationship with the natural world; local governments are doing their best to shut us out.

  2. Mel Jenkins

    As a very aging child of the Virginia-North Carolina Tidewater, now living in Columbia, South Carolina, the encounters with “The Old NorthWest” have been wonderful… full of wonder… understanding expanding.

    Much through my association with the actions and ideas of Aldo Leopold and the many people enhancing his pioneering, I am more and more an advocate of the necessity of promoting the biotic community.

    I’m not sure where the heaviest liftings really are. Here, “Back East,” we look around at land that has been “cultivated’ so long that even imagining what “it was” is a barrier.

    Still, we can all learn from each other.

    I’m learning.

    Now, about “prairies”… I need to experience more… how are we coming on “The Buffalo Commons”?

  3. J Blanton

    Always remember: any “restoration” by humans to change the landscape, regardless of purpose or actual result, is reacted to by nature as just another disturbance. Some species will adapt, others will not. Slow change is less impactful than quick change. Work with nature, not against nature. This includes human nature, too. Model the natural process by first making observations before implementing a plan, monitor the implementation for the desired results, and make adjustments when necessary.

    • Mel Jenkins

      To J. Blanton,

      Excellent thoughts. Particularly on the nature of “human nature.” We did not get to the places we are in a few centuries.

      Regrettably, we may not have a few centuries to get where we need to be.

  4. Mel Jenkins

    Ms. Kozik’s presentation is excellent in message and art.


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