- Title Pages
- Organisms and Environments
- One Promethean Legacy
- Two Out of the Forest
- Three Science and Faith
- Four Playing God
- Five Pleasing to the Eye
- Six Where the Short Grass Grows
- Seven Turf
- Eight Grass and Grazers: An Ecological Primer
- Nine Bison Plains and Prairie Dogs
- Ten Taming of the West
- Eleven Production Science Comes to the Range
- Twelve The Last Pariah
- Thirteen The Trouble with Livestock
- Fourteen Subsidizing John Wayne
- Fifteen Collateral Damage
- Sixteen Cowboy
- Seventeen Resurrection
- Eighteen Pleistocene Park
- Nineteen Diversity
- Twenty Long Road Home
- (p.19) Four Playing God
JOE C. TRUETT
- University of California Press
The Big Brown Steam Electric Station was built several miles east of Fairfield to generate electricity to feed into the Texas power grid that electrified homes, offices, and industries throughout the state. It was designed to be fueled by lignite—a low-energy version of coal to be mined near the station. This chapter describes landscape rejuvenation in the area. Once the coal was removed, the soil overburden replaced, and the land recontoured, revegetation commenced. Grasses, shrubs, and trees were planted and soon after, animals began to move through and recolonize. Reclamation failed when Texas Utilities returned the land to private hands and bulldozers razed the landscape at Big Brown.
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