Grasslands conjure images of an endless and open land — tall grasses and wide-open spaces without a glimmer of civilization.
But in fact, few grassland and prairie ecosystems resemble this image — an image that used to move philosophers and painters, or inspire restless settlers and industrious farmers.
That’s because grasslands and prairies are the world’s most imperiled ecosystem. Only 5 percent of grasslands are protected globally, but they are greatly threatened by:
- The spread of invasive species;
- The suppression of natural fire; and
- The fragmentation and urbanization of grassland habitat.
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The Conservancy’s conservation work in Argentina today concentrates on the country’s Patagonian grasslands — one of the world’s least protected and most threatened habitats.
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