Illinois was once covered in 22,000,000 acres of prairie. Today, less than 2,300 acres remain. This means that 99.99% of prairies have been eradicated.

Etling, K. (2004, August 21). Missouri, Illinois work to restore prairies. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved from https://explore.proquest.com/document/402508811?searchid=1539875984&accountid=162684

Based on data from the United States Department of Agriculture, prairies are being lost to anthropogenic factors at a rate of 5.4% annually, "...parallel [to] the deforestations taking place in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia."

Zuckerman, C. (2014, March). Plowed under. The American Prospect 25, 28-37. Retrieved from https://explore.proquest.com/document/1510294735?searchid=1539876402&accountid=162684

There are approximately 800 different species of plants taking root in a single prairie, making it unproportionally high in biodiversity.

Etling, K. (2004, August 21). Missouri, Illinois work to restore prairies. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved from https://explore.proquest.com/document/402508811?searchid=1539875984&accountid=162684

Grasslands are massive carbon-sinks, holding 1/3 of the world's carbon.

Zuckerman, C. (2014, March). Plowed under. The American Prospect 25, 28-37. Retrieved from https://explore.proquest.com/document/1510294735?searchid=1539876402&accountid=162684

In 2018, the U.S. Forest Service declared that National Grassland Ecosystems provide services that:

Disperse seeds

Mitigate drought and floods

Cycle and move nutrients

Detoxify and decompose waste

Control agricultural pests

Maintain biodiversity

Generate and preserve soils and renew their fertility

Contribute to climate stability

Regulate disease-carrying organisms

Protect soil from erosion

Protect watersheds, and stream and river channels

Pollinate crops and natural vegetation

Provide aesthetic beauty

Provide wildlife habitat

Provide wetlands, playas

Provide recreation

Provide research opportunities

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