There are many reasons to restore and protect blackland prairie. This is a naturally rare habitat type corresponding to geologic conditions specific to this region of Alabama and Mississippi. Many species found in blackland prairie are rare species limited to tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States and the blackland prairies of Alabama and Mississippi. Tallgrass prairie also provides excellent habitat for bobwhite quail, a species in decline in West Alabama due to loss of prairie habitat. A fully restored and correctly managed blackland prairie preserve in West Alabama could potentially inject between $3 million and $7 million per year into the local economy and could boost local property values.

Photo taken by: Roger Limerick