Within one human lifetime, the prairies have passed from wilderness to become the most altered habitat in this country and one of the most disturbed, ecologically simplified and overexploited regions in the world. The essence of what we risk losing when the grasslands are destroyed is not a species here or a species there, but a quality of life, the largeness and wildness that made this country remarkable.

Dr. Adrian Forsyth
"The End of Emptiness"

Additional NBII Resources on Prairies

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As its name would imply, the NBII's Mountain Prairie Information Node encompasses several states that were once part of the vast North American prairie system, and which contain some of the last remnants of native prairie habitats.

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