Western short grasslands

WWF Abstract

It was in this ecoregion in the 1930s that prolonged drought and poor land-use practices resulted in the loss of the top layer of soil. Severe dust storms darkened the skies and carried clouds of soil to places as far away as New York City. To prevent a similar disaster from happening again, the United States government formed the Soil Conservation Service, now called the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Countries:United States
Area:107,519,999 acres (43,511,800 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Central Plains Biosphere Reserve
Fort Union National Monument
Niwot Ridge Biosphere Reserve
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder