The SGP partnership has two main functions:
- To provide the science and technical expertise to support conservation planning at landscape scales—beyond the reach and resources of any one organization, and
- To promote more effective collaboration among partners in defining shared conservation goals.
The work is characterized by:
- a high level of collaboration, drawing from a variety of disciplines;
- creative leveraging of public and private sector resources;
- a focus on priorities most likely to result in self-sustaining wildlife populations indicative of healthy ecosystems;
- forecasting and planning for significant future changes to ecological conditions; and
- the application of the best available science, particularly GIS technology and climate science.
The collaborative science helps inform the decisions partners make in identifying where and how they will take action, within their own authorities and organizational priorities, to best contribute to a broader conservation effort and accomplish more lasting results.
Southern Great Plains geography covers about 120 million acres, including areas within five states in the south-central United States (Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas) and portions of three states in northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas).
The LCC focuses on habitats and species occurring in the following four ecoregions:
- Edwards Plateau
- Gulf Coastal Prairie
- Oaks & Prairies
- Tamaulipan Brushlands
It is a diverse area comprising 17 broadly defined habitat types, which cover approximately 100 million acres in the U.S. plus another 20 million acres in parts of three Mexican States. The majority of the LCC area is in eastern Texas, central Oklahoma, and northeastern Mexico, but it also includes the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico north-eastward through Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as a small part of south-central Kansas.