Why Southern Grasslands?

The SGI will focus on the grasslands of the interior regions of the Southeast. The primary reason for this is that unlike the Great Plains to the west, the Midwestern tall grass prairie to the northwest, and the Coastal Plain longleaf pine savannas to the south along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the grasslands of the interior portions of the South have received much less conservation focus.

Our efforts will seek to ensure that the native grasslands of a 21-state region covering portions of 10 major ecoregions, from Austin, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be conserved for future generations and that these imperiled grasslands will still be around in the next century.