Generating watershed benefits for Great Open Spaces

Focal Region: Great Open Spaces

Focal Landscape: Cross Timbers, Oklahoma; Central Red River, Oklahoma and Texas; Central Blackland Prairie, Texas; Southern Oak Prairie, Texas

Overall Cost Estimate: $8 million (NWTF contribution $500,000) over 10-year period

  • Restore historical prairie grassland habitat
  • Increased use of prescribed fire as cost-effective land management tool
  • Remove native and nonnative woody species
  • Restore herbaceous plant communities
  • Generate watershed benefits for landscapes, natural resources and, ultimately, all citizens
  • Benefit grassland birds, including Bell’s Vireo, grasshopper sparrow, loggerhead shrike and Northern bobwhite, while improving Rio Grande wild turkey and white-tailed deer habitat

Partners: Cooperating private landowners, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, Prescribed Burn Alliance of Texas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Texas A&M Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, Inc., Quail Forever, Quail Coalition and National Audubon Society

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