One of the most threatened ecosystems in North America, native prairie and grasslands contained within the Prairie Grasslands Region are essential habitat for a number of wild game and threatened species, including the lesser prairie chicken and sage grouse. The region also encompasses the Red River Basin of the North and the Ogallala Aquifer—areas that are facing critical conservation needs on working lands from frequent flooding and ponding (in the north) to prolonged drought and aquifer decline (in the Ogallala).
With the CCA designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the region to accelerate conservation efforts to address these water resource and habitat issues. For example, in the Red River Basin of the North, NRCS, partners and producers will continue to build on conservation programs to support water retention and mitigate frequent flooding. In the Ogallala, partners will accelerate irrigation efficiency and water conservation work. Throughout the Prairie Grasslands Region, conservation partners will work together to promote healthy habitat, the sustainable use of water resources and a productive agricultural sector.
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Partners interested in submitting projects for consideration within the Prairie Grasslands CCA should consider the overall goal of the CCA and priority resource concerns. CCA project proposals that align with NRCS priorities may rank higher in the evaluation of proposals.
Overall Goal: Restore and protect native prairie grasslands and wetlands, and promote sustainable use of soil and water resources to mitigate flooding, drought and overdraft of the Ogallala Aquifer.
Resource Concern Priorities
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: Habitat degradation
Insufficient Water: Inefficient use of irrigation water
Excess Water: Runoff, flooding or ponding
Degraded Plant Condition: Excessive plant pest pressure
CEAP cropland assessments and other CEAP studies have been completed in portions of the Prairie Grasslands Region.
For more information on the current status and trends of the U.S. agricultural sector and soil, water and related natural resources, visit the RCA Interactive Data Viewer and associated pages.
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