Land Cover of the Central Plains & Prairie
The Central Plains are the core American Farm Belt, extending west from
Ohio to Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, centered on
the “I States” of Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, and including Southern
Rainfall farming on glacial outwash plains supported dense
small town settlement in the eastern half of the region, thinning to the
west on drier and rougher land. Population is now concentrated in large
and mid-sized metro areas as far west as Wichita and Oklahoma City.
The deciduous forests of the Ohio River in the east and the Ozarks in the west mark an indeterminate regional southern borderland.
This map covers the heart of the Central Mississippi Valley, from
the Black Hills in the northwest corner to the great bend of the
Tennessee River in Alabama. The map includes all of Nebraska, Kansas,
Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Also included are Southern
portions of South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and western Michigan as
well as easternmost Colorado and the Texas Panhandle, nearly all of
Oklahoma, Northern Arkansas and western Tennessee and Kentucky.
Dimensions: All dimensions are approximate