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The Facts

Grasslands are the landscape of America’s heartland. Deep-rooted prairie plants anchor soil, sequester carbon, and secure freshwater. Most of these lands have been converted for agriculture and ranching; today, tallgrass prairies are among the most endangered habitat types on Earth.

< 1: Percent of native tallgrass prairie left in Missouri

5,114: Acres protected in the Grand River Grasslands

70,000: Acres in the Grand River Grasslands - we're working with farmers and ranchers in this expansive landscape to conserve Missouri prairies

> 200: School children who visited the Conservancy’s new bison herd this year

12: Ongoing research studies at Dunn Ranch Prairie, looking at topics ranging from pollinator health to the grazing habitats of bison to the effects of fire

The Solution

The success of our work is evident at Dunn Ranch Prairie in the Grand River Grasslands, where restored prairies remain green even during extreme drought. These resilient grasses provide vital forage for bison and habitat for native birds.

The Conservancy balances conservation goals with the needs of working farms and ranches. We:

  • Restore and protect prairie remnants to support native species
  • Demonstrate how conservation can improve the health of working lands
  • Help farmers and ranchers use conservation practices effectively
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