The tallgrass prairie is considered to be North
Americas most altered biome. Less than 4% of this globally unique grassland remains
intact. The State of Kansas harbors 80% of the remaining North American tallgrass prairie.
More than 700 plant species
compose this unique plant community. Over 250 bird species, 60 species of mammals, 35
species of reptiles, amphibians, and countless species of insects, all form this rich
tapestry of life that we call the tallgrass prairie.
Tallgrass Legacy Alliance
The Kansas Partners Program has made
the tallgrass prairie one of its top priorities. In April 1999, the Partners Program
helped to initiate an alliance of individuals and organizations called the Tallgrass Legacy
The mission of the Tallgrass Legacy
Alliance is to preserve, enhance, and restore the tallgrass prairie. This will be
accomplished through educational and financial partnerships with private landowners,
operators, and private and public entities, in a manner that will strengthen and improve
the economic, social, and cultural foundations of the region.
Tom Moxley, rancher and President of
the Tallgrass Legacy Alliance says, "The US Fish and Wildlife Services Partners
Program is working on the ground for producers and the environment in the State of