Restoring Native Grasslands

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The native grasslands of Texas have been steadily disappearing since the arrival of the first settlers. With urban development and the conversion of land to row crops and pastures of non-native grasses, only about 96 million of the original 148 million acres of native grasslands remain. Much of the remaining grassland area has been degraded by overgrazing and the encroachment of brush.

Benefits of native grasslands include:

  • Wildlife habitat
  • Recreation
  • Livestock forage
  • Erosion control
  • Healthy watersheds
  • Low maintenance
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Sustainability

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