Conservation Partners connecting working lands conservation from the Gulf of Mexico to the High Plains with the vision of a sustainable landscape of natural resources resilient to the threats and stressors associated with our changing world.

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  • Flying Mottled Duck

    The mottled duck is a Southern Great Plains 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

  • Edwards Plateau

    The ecology of central Texas’ Edwards Plateau is rapidly changing, prompting Conservation partners to improve conservation efforts. The area hosts several Southern Great Plains focal species.

  • Texas Horned Lizard

    The Texas horned lizard, a protected species in Texas and Oklahoma, is found in arid habitats throughout the south-central U.S. and northern Mexico.

  • American Oyster

    The American oyster, a Southern Great Plains focal species, lives in tidal areas such as Louisiana’s coastal estuaries. Many other species use oyster reefs for foraging and shelter. Photo courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Gudalupe Bass - TPWD

    The official state fish of Texas and a popular sportfish, the Guadalupe bass is found only in that state. It is a Southern Great Plains focal species. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • Green Jay

    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

  • South Texas Plains

    Conservation partners are protecting and restoring prairie grasslands of the Southern Great Plains.

  • 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.

  • Williams Prairie

    Williams Prairie is one of 14 prairie grassland preserves west of the Houston, Texas, managed by the Katy Prairie Conservancy. © Michael Morton Photography

  • Diamondback Terrapin

    The diamondback terrapin, a Southern Great Plains 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

Southern Great Plains (SGP) conservation partnerships have roots in the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC), with goals to foster, share, and  develop the science needed by partners to conserve and manage natural and cultural resources, particularly through  GIS technology and climate science.

The original partnership included over 120 million acres, including areas within five states (Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas) in the south-central United States and portions of three states in northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas).

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

Prime habitats within our shared interests in conservation 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 our SGP 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 Southern Great Plains 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.