Save Texas Tallgrass Prairies Description

“I can sit on the porch before my door and see miles of the most beautiful prairie interwoven with groves of timber, surpassing, in my mind, the beauties of the sea. Think of seeing a tract of land on a slight include covered with flowers and rich meadow grass for 12 to 20 miles…” – John Brooke, an early settler in the tallgrass prairies of Texas, 1849 The imperiled tallgrass prairies of Texas need our help now: out of the original 20 million acres of beautiful Texas tallgrass prairie, less than 1% now remains due to suburban sprawl, plowing for row-crop agriculture, and improper overgrazing during the last 150 years. Our current generation is the last chance to save this important piece of Texas’ cultural and natural heritage, and with Texas’ high projected population growth we must act now to save these special places. Photos by Lisa and Jason Spangler and Johnny Johnson. Bird images courtesy of John Kelly. Map from Illiustrated Flora of North Central TX

Save Texas Tallgrass Prairies

We need to conserve beautiful native Texas prairie plants and critically imperiled native plant communities.  Most tallgrass native plant communities have a Global Conservation Status of G1 - Critically Imperiled to G2 – Imperiled, the most threatened conservation rankings.  These conservation rankings mean the native plant communities are at high to very high risk of extinction due to few populations, steep declines, or other factors.
We need to conserve beautiful…
Primrose (Calylophus sp.) among Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Primrose (Calylophus sp.)…
Native prairie remnants have been measured to include hundreds of species of native plants, including beautiful prairie flowers and grasses.
Native prairie remnants…
Standing Winecup (Callirhoe pedata)
Standing Winecup (Callirhoe…
The tallgrass prairie regions of Texas (in color, #2, #4, and #5) are the Blackland Prairies (which includes the Dallas, Waco, and Austin areas), the Cross Timbers and Prairies (Grand Prairie subregion, consisting of the Fort Worth Prairie and the Lampasas Cut Plains), and the Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes (which includes the Houston area).
The tallgrass prairie regions…
Prairie Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Prairie Shooting Star (Dodecatheon…
Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora) and polinator
Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis…
“The most variegated carpet of flowers I ever beheld lay unrolled before me – red, yellow, violet, blue, every color, every tint was there…  The finest artificial garden in the world would sink into insignificance when compared with this parterre of nature’s own planting.” - Charles Sealsfield in the tallgrass prairies of Texas, 1843
“The most variegated…
Tallgrass prairie is a beautiful and special piece of Texas history and natural heritage.
Tallgrass prairie is a…
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on Ground Plum (Astragalus sp.)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)…
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) and Englemann Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia) among Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia…
Out of the original 20 million acres of beautiful Texas tallgrass prairie, less than 1% remains due to suburban sprawl, plowing for row-crop agriculture, and improper overgrazing during the last 150 years.
Out of the original 20…
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) on Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)…
Our current generation is the last chance to save this important piece of Texas’ cultural and natural heritage, and with Texas’ high projected population growth we must act now to save these special places.
Our current generation…
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea…
Conservation and restoration of tallgrass prairie is needed as habitat for wildlife such as grassland birds and native pollinators.  Grassland birds are
Conservation and restoration…
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