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Buffalo at Konza Prairie in east-central Kansas. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.

Buffalo at Konza Prairie in east-central Kansas. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.

The Last and Largest Remaining Stand of
Tallgrass Prairie in North America - A Photo Collection

The tallgrass prairie that once covered vast stretches of North America is close to vanishing. Today, less than 4% of the original prairie remains. The Flint Hills Region extends from eastern Kansas into north-central Oklahoma and is home to the last of the tallgrass prairie. Once known as the Blue Stem Hills, this area is known for its big skies, wildflowers, prairie butterflies and bison.

The Flint Hills may not be directly in our region, but what’s landscape level conservation without looking at the larger picture? The Service helps conserve the dwindling landscape with the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas and through our involvement with the Eastern Tallgrass Prairies and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy are also key conservation partners in the Flint Hills. Learn about their Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Initiative.

Joanna Gilkeson
Regional Office - External Affairs

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

 

 

 

 

Last updated: July 31, 2015