Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Date of this Version



Steinauer, Gerry. Januray 4, 2002. Rapid Ecological Assessment of the Northern Mixedgrass Prairie Ecoregion (Nebraska Portion). Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 38 pp.


This study was conducted as part of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) project to conduct ecoregional conservation planning throughout the continental United States. TNC contracted with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) to conduct a rapid ecological assessment (REA) of the portion of the Northern Mixedgrass Prairie ecoregion (NMGP) occurring in Nebraska. This report concludes that agreement. Roughly the northern 1/5 of central Nebraska occurs within the NMGP (Figure 1). This ecoregion also includes extensive area of central South Dakota and central North Dakota. The objective of this study was to conduct a REA of the untilled landscapes within the Nebraska portion of the NMGP in order to provide an initial assessment of the plant communities, ecological condition, threats to, and conservation potential of those landscapes.