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

“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
“I can sit on the porch…
“My horse could scarcely make his way through the wilderness of flowers, and I for a time remained lost in admiration of this scene of extraordinary beauty.  The prairie in the distance looked as if clothed with rainbows that waved to and fro over its surface.”  - Charles Sealsfield in the tallgrass prairies of Texas, 1843
“My horse could scarcely…
Prairie Blazing  Star (Liatris sp.) among Silveus’ Dropseed (Sporobolus silveanus)
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris…
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on Ground Plum (Astragalus sp.)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)…
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)…
Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum)
Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium…
Recent studies have found diverse native prairie plantings to be the highest energy biofuel while simultaneously sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, while being far better for the environment than corn grain ethanol or soybean biodiesel.
Recent studies have found…
 
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