The state of Texas and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to restore and restore to prairie a significant swath of its natural area, the last remaining wild habitat for prairie cattle.
The restoration is part of a broader effort to restore prairie to the Great Plains, which were once the main source of wild prairie for cattle and other animals.
The state, which is home to the nation’s largest population of prairie animals, and the Forest Service jointly launched the praise project in January.
The effort is the first time the federal government has teamed up with Texas to restore a large swath of land, said Heather Johnson, a Texas state wildlife biologist.
It was one of the few projects of its kind in the country.
The project, called Texas Prairie Restoration, was launched to help preserve the last remnant of prairies in Texas.
It also aims to help manage the region’s natural resources, said Brian Hough, the state’s conservation director.
The state will also provide about $1 million in grants to Texas for the project.
The Texas-led effort is part-funded by a $30 million federal stimulus package that was enacted in the spring of 2013.
“We’re looking at a very large area of the prairies and trying to restore them in a sustainable way,” Johnson said.
“We’re not looking to just have a patchwork restoration of the grasslands.”
The Texas-Texas project is not without controversy.
A federal judge last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the state from releasing any cattle, but it is not clear if that will be lifted.
Texas officials have said they are committed to the project and that they have no plans to end it.
Texas is not in the process of removing all the land it has reclaimed.
“This project is a huge piece of our prairie restoration efforts,” Hough said.
Texas Prairie Restoration is part, but not exclusive, of a broad effort to save the Great Lakes region and the rest of the Midwest.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the restoration of about 5 million acres of land in the Midwest is needed to meet food needs.
The Prairie Restoration effort also will be part of the Texas Department of Natural Resources’ Prairie Restoration Program, which provides grants to help landowners maintain their prairie land.