The coastal prairies of Texas once spanned 6.5 million acres. Today, less than 1% remains in existence. Further development from urban sprawl and land conversion remains a significant threat to this ecosystem and the benefits that it provides.
Support Of Native Pollinators
Pollinator populations are in decline throughout the world. Coastal prairie ecosystems support a diverse array of native pollinators that include bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, and more. This is important because pollinators are vital to maintaining our food supply and natural environments.
Water Quality Improvement
Coastal prairies play an important role in absorbing excess nitrogen and phosphorous. By capturing and controlling these nutrients, prairie plants help improve water quality for both surface and groundwater supplies.
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