The Earth Partners is working to restore grasslands in the historic coastal prairie range along the Gulf of Mexico, an area covering 6.5 million acres in Texas and 2.5 million acres in Southwest Louisiana and home to over 200 species of conservation concern. Over the last two hundred years, 99 percent of native coastal prairies have been converted to agriculture, including sugarcane, rice and cattle grazing, making this one of the rarest habitats on the planet. Erosion, salinization, nutrient depletion, and invasive species have further degraded these lands.
Planting hardy native grasses on fallow, idle, and underutilized agriculture lands can increase land values, bolster diverse bioeconomy markets, and increase ecological services like soil health, water quality, and habitat. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and FDC Enterprises, The Earth Partners is piloting the establishment of 1,500 acres of native perennial grasses in the coastal prairie, demonstrating the economic and ecological feasibility of coastal prairie rehabilitation.
Landowners based in Louisiana Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu parishes are encouraged to enroll in this opportunity while funding is available. For more information, contact us here.