Definitions of the extent of the Loess Hills of the Missouri River valley have become smaller over the last century. The reduced extent of the Hills, as represented in both promotional and scientific literature, no longer accurately reflects the physical landform or public perception of its size. In addition, the diminished definition undermines efforts to develop effective public policy to protect the Hills. This study proposes a new boundary for the landform based on both physical evidence and survey research with people who live in and near the Hills. It explores the history of how the accepted definition of the Hills came to be reduced in size and how park and public land policy evolved in the region.
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