In the past, several people have asked me what groups are involved in on-the-ground prairie conservation and restoration. I thought I would start the list in a blog post, and expand on it as we found out or remembered more organizations. (We can make a list of advocacy-only organizations in a future post.)
The Nature Conservancy has done the most work in prairie conservation throughout North America, though nowadays they only seem to get involved in very large, landscape-scale projects (10,000 acres or more) unless a site involves specific endangered species. I’d like to list specific chapters/states and prairies in a series of future posts.
Regional groups with estimated native prairie acreage protected include:
- Native Prairies Association of Texas – protected over 1200 acres in Texas
- Texas Land Conservancy – unknown acreage in Texas
- Missouri Prairie Foundation – protected over 3000 acres in Missouri
- Prairie Plains Resource Institute – protected over 5800 acres in Nebraska
- The Prairie Enthusiasts – protected over 1000 acres in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois
- Audubon Nebraska – over 800 acres in Nebraska (Spring Creek Prairie)
Know of more? Post them in the comments!