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
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.

Category Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: 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. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status ongoing

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.

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.

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.

Image credit: Courtesy of the Southern Plains Land Trust

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