Tallgrass Prairie

PrairieThe Great plains of United States has witnessed 70% of its area fragmented, by roads and highways, into parts smaller than 385 square miles. Grasslands hold an estimated 33% of the carbon stored in terrestrial ecosystems.

Tallgrass prairie in the USA as of 2000: 19% has been converted to urban area, 71% converted to agriculture, and 10% remains as grassland.

“Tallgrass prairie once covered 140 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 10% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills.”  National Parks Service

According to the Nature Conservancy, “The Oklahoma Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth.”  Prior to urbanization and agriculture the tallgrass prairie once stretched from Texas to Minnesota and its grasses grew within the borders of 14 states.

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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