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Native prairies and their wildlife are on the decline. (Notebook).

The nation's native grasslands are rapidly disappearing, taking a growing toll on wildlife and the outdoor recreation opportunities that support many local communities across the Great Plains according to a new National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report. The American Prairie: Going, Going, Gone? depicts how losing native prairies to agricultural conversion, sprawl and development is damaging habitat and jeopardizing wildlife, and underscores the urgent need to act now to save America's dwindling prairie grasslands.

"Ninety-nine percent of the nation's tallgrass prairies and up to 70 percent of the mixed and shortgrass prairies in some states have disappeared from the American landscape." Says Rick Bachand NWF'z grasslands ecologist and author of the report.

This report and accompanying state-by-state fact sheets are available in a downloadable format on NWF's website at www.nwf.org/grasslands/americanprairie_release.html. Contact Rick Bachand at bachand@nwf.org for hardcopies.

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Publication:Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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