Prairies


Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - photo by US National Park Service

 

 


US Forest Service National Grasslands http://www.fs.fed.us/grasslands/ These wind-swept seas of grass and wildflowers - four million acres in all - have witnessed the pageant of the frontier, the Dust Bowl, and the dramatic recovery into a great national treasure. Come visit the 20 publicly-owned National Grasslands administered by the USDA Forest Service.

 

National Grasslands - US Forest Service map

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS  http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm On November 12, 1996, legislation was passed creating Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. A new superintendent was assigned to the site in February 1997, and planning activities for the preserve are now underway.  The preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass ecosystem. Of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent, less than 4 percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills. 

Introducing Manitoba's Forests http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/forestry/forest-education/general.html The Province of Manitoba, Canada's central province, consists of 65.0 million hectares of prairie, lake and forest. The southern boundary of the province borders the United States at 49 latitude and the northern boundary flanks the new territory of Nunuvat at 60 latitude.  Forests make up about 26.3 million hectares of the province's 54.8 million hectare land base. The grasslands of southern Manitoba parallel the edge of Manitoba's central forest zone. While often thought as an endless expanse of grass, there are actually thousands of small broadleaf forest stands dotting the prairie landscape. These mini oases of deciduous trees and shrubs not only provide critical habitat for wildlife, but a valuable source of income to farmers and landowners through proper woodlot management.

 

Badlands in Little Missouri National Grassland - photo courtesy of the US Forest Service

Little Missouri National Grassland http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/dakotaprairie/  North Dakota is a land dominated by grassy prairies.  Of all of the great grass covered prairies found in the time of European settlement, only about 1% remain in their natural state.