Protecting America’s Prairie and Wildlife by Expanding Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve

Image credit: Courtesy of the Southern Plains Land Trust

Protecting America’s Prairie and Wildlife by Expanding Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve

Organization The Southern Plains Land Trust
Category Nature Conservation

Our project categories represent one of three core solutions pathways to solving climate change. Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers, and community agriculture.

Realm Northern America

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Status active

Seed indicates an early stage project that needs some level of support to develop into a larger funding proposal. Ongoing indicates any project that needs core programmatic funding. Urgent indicates a short-term project initiated in response to a natural disaster or other impending risk.

Funding Level $$$

$$$ indicates a project between $250,000-$1 million.

Partner Quick Response Fund for Nature

The Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) seeks to expand the Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve to 43,000 acres by 2024. This will enable restoration of bison and the endangered, endemic black-footed ferret in the region, as well as the conservation of other prairie species such as black-tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, swift fox, and a myriad of endemic grassland breeding birds.

Image credit: Courtesy of the Southern Plains Land Trust

SPLT’s effort to restore the American Serengeti stands out as a singular effort in the southern Great Plains. No other organization is establishing wildlife refuges on such a large scale in the region. The establishment of Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve in 2015 and its subsequent expansion is a remarkable opportunity to protect uniquely North American flora and fauna native to the area.

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