About this Project

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2011 - 2012

Grasslands are one of the most valuable, yet most threatened ecoregions in North America. Stretching from Saskatchewan to Chihuahua, they are now among the largest farming and ranching areas on earth. Yet less than 20 percent of North America’s native grasslands remain intact and less than three percent lies within protected areas.

Tall and short grasses provide important forage for cattle and habitat for native species. They also enhance water conservation and sequester large amounts of carbon when not stressed by fire and drought. As the only shared, contiguous habitat across the continent, they create vital links for North America’s migratory and native birds and many other endangered species.