The GCP LCC vision is a sustainable landscape of

natural and cultural resources in the Gulf Coast Prairie geography

that is resilient to the threats and stressors associated with

climate and land use changes. 

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  • Diamondback Terrapin

    The diamondback terrapin, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species, is native to coastal saltmarsh, estuaries, and tidal creeks along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Coasts. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Brown Pelican

    The brown pelican, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species, is making a comeback throughout the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal areas of the South and West. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2013

  • Alligator Gar - TPWD

    The alligator gar, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species and a popular sportfish, can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh more than 300 pounds. It lives in large rivers and reservoirs. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • Quadrula

    Making up a group of more than 20 freshwater mussel species, quadrula are Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species found within the Mississippi River system. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Olive Sparrow

    Gulf Coast Prairie LCC’s efforts to restore habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley will help songbirds, such as the olive sparrow. Photo courtesy Rich Kostecke of The Nature Conservancy

  • Black-Capped Vireo

    The endangered black-capped vireo, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species, nests in the Edwards Plateau in central Texas and winters in western Mexico. Photo courtesy Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Cross Timbers

    Cross Timbers is part of the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC area, forming a transition zone between dense forests to the east and the Great Plains to the west. A mix of prairie, savanna, and woodland, it runs from southeastern Kansas through central Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Edwards Plateau

    The ecology of central Texas’ Edwards Plateau is rapidly changing, prompting Gulf Coast Prairie LCC partners to improve conservation efforts. The area hosts several LCC focal species.

  • Gulf Coast

    An overarching priority of Gulf Coast Prairie LCC is protecting and restoring Gulf of Mexico coastal habitats and wildlife. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • Northern Bobwhite - TWPD

    The northern bobwhite is a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species. It ranges throughout the eastern and Midwestern U.S. and eastern Mexico, but has declined by as much as 90 percent in some areas. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative was established in 2011 and is based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. It is part of a network of 22 similar partnerships throughout the United States and our neighboring countries. LCCs develop the science partners need to conserve and manage natural and cultural resources, particularly GIS technology and climate science.

LCC boundaries are determined by landscape geography and ecology, not government jurisdictions or organizational parameters. Gulf Coast Prairie LCC covers about 120 million acres, including areas within five states in the south-central United States (Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas) and portions of three states in northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas).

The majority of the LCC area is in eastern Texas, central Oklahoma, and northeastern Mexico, but it also includes the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico north-eastward through Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as a small part of south-central Kansas.

Prime habitats within the area covered by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative range from tallgrass prairie and semi-desert shrublands, to oak hardwood and pine forests, to tidal wetlands and barrier islands. Several major waterways lace through the LCC area, including the lower Rio Grande, Guadalupe, Brazos, Trinity, Nueces, Arkansas, Red, San Antonio, and Mississippi Rivers, as well as some of our continent’s most wildlife-rich coastal wetlands.

These waterways not only serve as a lifeline for wildlife, they also contribute significantly to our economic prosperity because of their importance to tourism and outdoor recreation, commercial fishing, and shipping and transportation. The area’s water resources also provide groundwater supplies for some of our fastest-growing population centers.

More than 500 kinds of birds and 300 butterfly species can be found within the Gulf Coast Prairie landscape, including the northern bobwhite, eastern meadowlark, black-capped vireo, and monarch butterfly. Other well-known species include the blue crab, Guadalupe bass, diamondback terrapin, horned lizard, ocelot, ornate turtle, redfish, and spotted skunk.