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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  • Saline Prairie in east Texas

    Saline prairie in east Texas Courtesy of Toby Gray

  • 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

  • Quadrula

    Making up a group of more than 20 freshwater mussel species, quadrula are Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species found within the Mississippi River system. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • 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 Gulf Coast Prairie LCC focal species. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • 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.

  • Northern Bobwhite - TWPD

    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

  • Diamondback Terrapin

    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

  • Pintails

    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

  • 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

  • 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

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.