2019 Rangeland Cup – Minneapolis
Prairie grasslands are diverse and productive ecosystems that provide society a wide array of ecosystem goods and services. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are some of the most threatened globally, with estimates ranging between 40-50% of original biome areas having been converted to other uses and less than 5% in permanent conservation (compared to tropical/subtropical grasslands and forests, ≈28% converted but with 13% in permanent conservation)#. Historically, mechanisms arose to retire converted lands to allow restoration back to native communities or to place threatened lands into permanent conservation status (e.g., easements), but often these are limited by state and national budgets and may detract conservation efforts due to required management policies regarding potential and future uses of the prairie.
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