Table Hc04: Prairie acres and percent of total land area for pre/post-settlement in three "core" counties of the West Osage River Basin

Prairie acres and percent of total land area for pre- and post-settlement in the three "core" counties of the West Osage River Basin in west-central Missouri (Schroeder 1983; Greg Gremaud, MDC, personal communication).
COUNTY PRE-SETTLEMENT POST-SETTLEMENT
AREA (acres) % OF TOTAL AREA (acres) % OF TOTAL
Bates 417,920 77 998 0.2
St.Clair 190,080 43 4,998 1.1
Vernon 393,600 73 8,998 1.7
Total = 1,001,600 66 14,995 1.0

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