Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Brings people and resources together
For strategic advantage, strengthening our collective impact
On the lasting protection of our natural world.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 of Texas is an important wintering area for the endangered whooping crane. It has rebounded from only 21 birds in the wild in the 1940s to around 600 today. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • An overarching priority of Gulf Coast Prairie LCC is improving hydrologic conditions, including water quality, quantity, and flow patterns. Changes to hydrology have damaged many prime habitats. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • The endangered golden-cheeked warbler, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species, breeds in central Texas. LCC partners are working to protect juniper and oak woodlands to help the warbler and other songbirds. Photo courtesy Fish and Wildlife Service

  • The official state fish of Texas and a popular sportfish, the Guadalupe bass is found only in that state. It is a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • 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

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC partners are protecting and restoring prairie grasslands of the Southern Great Plains.

  • The wintering grounds of the northern pintail, a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species, include estuaries in Texas and Louisiana. It was once North America's most abundant duck. Photo courtesy Ducks Unlimited

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… (Read more)

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.

Science Spotlight

Identifying priority grasslands in the south-central United States

Identifying priority grasslands in the south-central United States

Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners need new computer models to help address threats to grassland habitats, such as land conversion and habitat fragmentation, affecting LCC focal species such as the northern bobwhite and eastern meadowlark. Thes… (Read more)

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