Grassland Heritage Foundation preserves prairies in eastern Kansas through education, stewardship, and land protection.
Tallgrass Prairie Facts
Prairie arose in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and once covered 400 million acres over the center of the U.S. from Saskatchewan to Texas. Prairies are diverse communities dominated by grasses and wildflowers.
Tallgrass prairie, with three-fourths of its biomass underground, created some of the most productive soils in the world. Prairie thrives amid drought, fire, and grazing due to root systems up to 15 feet deep.
Only 1% of the tallgrass prairie remains today due to fire suppression and intensive crop production, making it a globally endangered ecosystem. Remaining prairies now include the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma and small remnant prairies, such as The Prairie Center in Olathe, Kansas.
How You Can Help Protect Prairie
Join Grassland Heritage Foundation. Become a member of a community of prairie enthusiasts and protectors.
Visit and enjoy prairies with friends.
Help GHF restore prairie.
Add native plants to your garden. They are needed by native pollinating insects, reduce erosion, and use less water.
Apply for a scholarship to become a professional prairie protector.
Encourage your city, county, and state to include prairie remnants and native plants in park and landscaping plans.