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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  • Whooping Cranes

    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

  • 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.

  • Flying Mottled Duck

    The mottled duck is a Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species. A major part of its population spends its entire life cycle within a small coastal area in eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Photo courtesy Ruth Elsey of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • 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

  • South Texas Plains

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

  • Oak Woods Prairie

    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

  • 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

  • Blackland Prairie

    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.

  • Golden-cheeked Warbler

    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

  • 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

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.