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-2- Much of the information here set forth is based on the recollections of early settlers in the Lake Mills area. To the members of these pioneer families who enduredmn hours of questioning, I am ver7 grateful. I am especially indebted to Mr. Stoughton W. Faville, whose activities as a farmer-naturalist began in the early sixties and without whose patient cooperation this paper could not have been written. To Mr. John Hooper, whose journal and recollections date back half a century, to Professor Aldo Leopold for his critical reading of the mascript, to Dr. John T. Curtis for his suggestions concerning the section on plants, and to Dr. A. W. Schorger for his suggestions concerning the section on animals, I am also greatly indebted. Area Studied This report deals principally with 10 farms (2400 acres) now within the Faville Grove Wildlife Area. The area lies on the west bank of the Crawfish River in the towns of Waterloo, ilford, and Lake Mills. Events of particular importance, however, are traced for a larger area, roughly 10 miles in radius.