Nelson L. Wieting Prairie Description

Size: 17 acres Ownership: Owned by Nelson and Emiline Wieting with a conservation easement held by NPAT. The Wieting family conserved the family hay meadow for several generations, and Nelson and Emiline Wieting protected their prairie permanently for future generation via a conservation easement with NPAT. Nelson L. Wieting Prairie is a tallgrass prairie remnant of the Blackland Prairie. Texas' Blackland Prairie is part of the endangered tallgrass prairies of North America, of which less than 1% remains due to conversion to agriculture and development. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) are dominant grasses.

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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.