Restoring Treasured Grasslands in West Texas

Grasslands restoration project helped protect native species in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

In the Salt Basin of what is now Guadalupe Mountains National Park, cattle, sheep, and goats grazed 10,000 acres of grasslands into a sparse scrub of creosote bush and mesquite in less than a century. As a result, 95% of southwestern grasslands were altered or destroyed.

With NPF's help, Guadalupe Mountains National Park implemented a pilot project to re-establish native wildlife habitat by restoring degraded Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in the park's Salt Basin. Restoring the degraded grasslands within the park benefits species such as the pronghorn antelope, kit fox, and Montezuma quail.

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