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Central Great Plains Grasslands

Collaborating to Conserve America’s Most Impacted Habitat

Spanning the prairies of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, less than one-third of this majestic landscape remains today.

Did you know that native grasslands are the least conserved and most altered landscapes on earth? Once home to legions of bison, prairie dogs, elk and grassland birds, the vast prairie to which early settlers flocked has been dramatically altered over the past 150 years. Spanning the prairies of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, less than one-third of this majestic landscape remains today.

The call for The Nature Conservancy and its partners to work harder, faster and smarter in this landscape is clear and couldn’t be more urgent. Recent efforts by the Conservancy have resulted in the development of a focused and innovative approach to grassland conservation: the Central Great Plains Grasslands Initiative. This project is focused on the following conservation priorities within two key regions of the larger American prairies: 

  • Work with oil and gas energy industry leaders to minimize impacts by developing new siting tools and improve reclamation practices.
  • Collaborate with policy makers, agency staff and landowner groups to reduce destruction of native grasslands.
  • Minimize impacts of commercial wind energy development on wildlife and their habitats by encouraging appropriate siting and mitigation.
  • Facilitate the widespread use of prescribed fire as a tool to improve grassland health and grazing production.


Click here to learn more about the Central Great Plains Initiative and view a map of the project’s focus.

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