About the Map
The Prairie Map is a way for those interested in the preservation and restoration of the great North American Prairie to share their efforts, big and small. If you, or your organization, are preserving, restoring, or reconstructing prairie, then let others know by adding your project to the map
. As more and more projects are added, the map will come to represent a big-picture view of the returning prairie, and the community of those working to bring it back.
The North American Prairie
"Prairies historically covered 140 million acres of North America. This sea of grass stretched from the Rocky Mountains to east of the Mississippi River and from Saskatchewan, south to Texas. It was the continent's largest continuous ecosystem supporting an enormous quantity of plants and animals. Prairies began appearing in the mid-continent from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago and have developed into one of the most complicated and diverse ecosystems in the world, surpassed only by the rainforest of Brazil. Finding the prairie soils outstanding for crop production, settlers plowed the prairie everywhere they could for the production of wheat, corn, and other domestic crops. Today, the most fertile and well-watered region, the tallgrass prairie, has been reduced to but 1% of its original area. This makes it one of the rarest and most endangered ecosystems in the world."
-National Park Service
Pass it on!
Do you know others who are preserving or restoring prairie? Do you have a friend who would be interested in learning about the project? If so, here are a few ways to pass the word on.
Share via Email:
Questions or Ideas?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Creators
"As digital designers we have been looking for ways to create digital projects that will support efforts to preserve the natural environment. Inspired by a shared experience of the prairie (Dana grew up in St. Louis and studied architecture at KU, and Gabriel has family throughout Kansas) we made several trips around the plains region over the past year to explore the natural environment and preservation projects. During our travels, we spoke with academics, farmers, ranchers, scientists, citizens, and many others about the various efforts to bring back the prairie ecosystem.
After meeting so many people involved in prairie restoration and preservation projects of their own, we realized there might be a need for a place for people throughout North America to share their efforts and see what is happening with those efforts on a large scale.
We also noticed that there seems to be a strong community of prairie lovers, at least in the places we visited, but that it is very spread out. It occurred to us that a website might help to solidify that community.
At this point the map is still a prototype (or beta, as we like to call it!) but we hope that people like it and find it useful. For the time being we're trying to keep it simple to gauge interest in the map, but as the site grows, we plan to create a way for people to add more detail about their prairie, post photos and videos, and so on. We are open to any suggestions you have, so please feel free to get in touch at email@example.com
and share your ideas. Thanks for your interest and support!"
- Gabriel Winer and Dana Karwas