This report describes the process followed to identify grasslands priority conservation areas (GPCAs) within North America’s Central Grasslands, an ecosystem considered among the most threatened in the continent and the world. The area addressed comprises North American short, mixed and desert grasslands.
The goal of the GPCAs initiative is twofold: to provide guidance of where conservation action is immediately needed due to the trinational importance of the sites; and to offer a geographic rationale for developing a trinational cooperation network of institutions and organizations interested in conserving the grasslands ecosystem as a whole. GPCAs are here defined as areas of tri-national importance due to their ecological significance and threatened nature, which are in need of international cooperation for their successful conservation. This initiative is meant to complement ongoing grasslands conservation efforts that identify priorities within each country.