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Central and Southern mixed grasslands
Roadside, Lincoln Co., Kansas (c) 2005 Carol J. Baskauf
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 3 (bioregionally
This mixed-grass prairie contains the highest floral complexity of any North American grassland ecoregion. *
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Only about 5% of remaining habitat is intact. Most natural vegetation has been converted to cropland or pasture and much of the rest is grazed. Land conversion, fire suppression, and overgrazing are threats.*
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 337-340.