Welcome to the Tallgrass Legacy Alliance
What was once a virtual sea of grass and wildflowers from Ohio to Kansas and Canada to Texas has been mostly plowed under, paved over or built upon. Less than four percent of the nation's tallgrass prairie remains, and 80 percent of what's left can be found in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The Tallgrass Legacy Alliance (TLA) was created in 1999 as a partnership among local ranchers, agricultural and conservation organizations, and representatives from state and federal agencies to spearhead a conservation initiative to preserve the four million acres of tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills - some of the last stands of tallgrass prairie in the nation. We view the Flint Hills as a national treasure entrusted to us to preserve for the future.
The TLA's philosophy is simple: "If we are to save the Kansas tallgrass prairie, the first step will be to keep the ranchers on the landscape: everything else becomes secondary."
This website tells our story.