Ben Kahler, GCP LCC Science Coordinator, and Bill Bartush, GCP LCC Coordinator, were in Houston November 12-14 for the Southern Plains & Prairies Conference. As part of the planning team for the conference, Ben and Bill moderated session tracks 1 and 2, focused on restoration, landscapes, and economics. This conference has evolved from a localized perspective to a regional landscape view of prairie grasslands. A special focus this year was a tie to pollinators and prairie grasslands. The conference began in 2009 under the moniker State of the Prairie Conference. The first conference was a Houston-centered, one-day event held in Pasadena, Texas and focused on local prairie needs. Since 2009, Coastal Prairie Partnership and Native Prairies Association of Texas have co-hosted four more prairie conferences with an ever-expanding geographic footprint. Currently, the Southern Plains & Prairies Conference (encompassing Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) continues to address the needs of conservationists, landowners, educators, volunteers, and others looking to restore, conserve, and educate about prairie grasslands.
View videos and/or presentations from the Prairie conference at http://www.southernplainsconference.org/presentations/