Inventory & Monitoring at Homestead National Monument of America

Visitor Center at Homestead National Monument of America
Visitor Center at Homestead National Monument of America

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Established in March 1936 to commemorate the Homestead Act of 1862, HOME is located in southeast Nebraska. The 211-acre park includes 163 acres of the original Daniel Freeman homestead and the Freeman schoolhouse.
The park lies within the glaciated Drift Hill Region of Southeast Nebraska. The vegetation at HOME is roughly two-thirds prairie, reconstructed in 1939, and one-third woodland that follows Cub Creek. The approximately 100 acres of reconstructed tallgrass prairie, includes dominant grass species such as big bluestem, little bluestem, and Indian grass. Common forbs include goldenrods, sunflowers (Helianthus spp.), leadplant (Armorpha canescens), and roundhead lespedeza (Lespedeza capitata). This is the second oldest prairie restoration in the nation.
About 60 acres of the park are deciduous riparian forest, dominated by oaks, silver maple, hackberry, and cottonwood (Populus sp.). An inventory documented a rare mesic bur oak forest at HOME. A report by Mlekush and DeBacker (2003) contains a complete discussion of the woodland community. The understory is nearly absent of shrubs and dominated by a dense herb layer of graminoids, prominent early in the season, and tall coarse perennials, prominent as the season progresses. Native edge plants include wild plum (Prunus americana), dogwood, and coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus).

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    Last updated: October 15, 2018