Piedmont Prairie Partnership

Piedmont Prairie at Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, NC. Photo: Rua Mordecai

Piedmont Prairie at Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, NC. Photo: Rua Mordecai

 
 

A land of rapid change

The Piedmont is home to one of the fastest-growing urban megaregions in the country, stretching from Raleigh-Durham to Atlanta and into Birmingham, AL. Historically, much of the Piedmont was covered in grasslands and open tree savannas maintained by frequent fire. Now, after decades of fire suppression and rapid population growth, most of the Piedmont has either been converted to agriculture or subdivisions, or has grown into dense mixed forests. While the rapidly growing population of the Piedmont can be a challenge, it also can be a huge opportunity. The desire of so many new residents to reconnect with nature and history is already creating the coalition of passionate people needed to protect and restore prairies throughout the Piedmont.

 
 
The Piedmont Prairie Partnership covers approximately 41 million acres from Virginia to Alabama

The Piedmont Prairie Partnership covers approximately 41 million acres from Virginia to Alabama

Progress through partnership

The Piedmont Prairie Partnership seeks to preserve, restore, and promote native prairies. It does this through developing a shared strategy for focusing conservation efforts, taking an ecoregional approach to seed and plant production, creating communication materials, and using traditional ecological knowledge to document and share peoples’ historic uses of and relationships with prairie plants and animals. Our partnership includes a diverse range of non-profit, state, private industry, federal, and tribal organizations. It is also tightly linked to major conservation partnerships including: the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy, and South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Current projects

  • Developing a short video on the history, current status, and ongoing conservation work for Piedmont Prairies

  • Creating a traveling educational exhibit on Piedmont Prairies

  • Surveying the public to assess understanding of Piedmont Prairie issues

  • Compiling spatial data on Piedmont Prairies

Learn more

Read about the latest progress in the Piedmont Prairie Blog

See examples of Piedmont grassland communities in the Piedmont Grasslands Gallery

To learn more about the partnership, contact Rua Mordecai (919-707-0122, rua@southatlanticlcc.org)