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Flint Hills Tall Grassland
Flint Hills near Salina, Kansas (c) 2004 Maurice J. Kaurmann
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): 1
Although less diverse than the Central Tall Grasslands, due to its shallow soil it is the only unplowed remnant of the tallgrass prairie.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 3 (vulnerable)
Although heavily grazed, it is largely intact. Some rangeland has been converted to non-native grass.*
Some views from the ecoregion
roadside, Geary Co., Kansas (c) 2005 Carol J. Baskauf hires
road cut showing shallow soil underlain by limestone, Kansas (c) 2005 Carol J. Baskauf hires
* 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. 190-191.