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.

  • 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

  • Williams Prairie is one of 14 prairie grassland preserves west of the Houston, Texas, managed by the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

  • Named for its rich, dark soil, the Blackland Prairie runs from the Texas-Oklahoma border through to southwestern Texas. Largely converted to agriculture, it still includes forest-grasslands, savanna, and Tamaulipan mezquital.

  • An overarching priority of Gulf Coast Prairie LCC is conserving prairie grasslands. This helps migratory birds and wildlife that need large expanses of land to meet their life-cycle needs. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • Birders flock to south Texas for some of the best bird-watching in the world. Colorful songbirds, such as the green jay, are among the main attractions. Photo courtesy Rich Kostecke of The Nature Conservancy

  • 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.

  • The Enchanted Rock area of Texas, referring to an enormous pink granite dome, is situated in the hill country of Texas, northwest of Austin, amid grasslands and shrublands.

  • 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 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

  • 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 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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