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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  • 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

  • Gulf Coast

    An overarching conservation priority in the SGP is protecting and restoring Gulf of Mexico coastal habitats and wildlife. 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

  • 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.

  • TX Waterway

    An overarching priority of Southern Great Plains 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

  • Pintails

    The wintering grounds of the northern pintail, a Southern Great Plains focal species, include estuaries in Texas and Louisiana. It was once North America's most abundant duck. Photo courtesy Ducks Unlimited

  • 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

  • South Texas Plains

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

  • Black-Capped Vireo

    The previously endangered black-capped vireo, nests in the Edwards Plateau in central Texas and winters in western Mexico. Photo courtesy Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Aplomado Falcon

    A captive breeding and reintroduction effort in the grasslands of south Texas is helping to recover the endangered Aplomado falcon. Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2013

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.