Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture

Location: STATEWIDE, Texas

The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) is a regional, self-directed partnership of government and non-governmental organizations and individuals working to deliver landscape-level planning and science-based-conservation since 1986. By linking on-the-ground management with national bird population goals, OPJV aims to protect priority bird species in the Edwards Plateau and the Oaks and Prairies Bird Conservation Regions in Texas and Oklahoma. The OPVJ covers almost 60 million acres with at least 450 avian species such as Eastern Meadowlark Northern Bobwhite, Painted Bunting, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-capped Vireo, and Golden-cheeked Warbler.

Due to habitat degradation driven by livestock overgrazing, exotic and invasive grass planting, fire suppression, conversion to cropland, and spraying of beneficial native forbs with herbicide, there has been a consistent decline of bird species associated with grassland shrub and savannah habitats. OPVJ recognized this threat to native grasslands and developed the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP). GRIP pairs landowners in target counties with wildlife biologists and land management experts to develop efficient and long-term solutions to creating healthier grassland habitat. GRIP goes hand-in-hand with OPVJ’s mission of ensuring sustainable populations of priority bird species in the Edwards Plateau and the Oaks and Prairies Bird Conservation Regions and has helped restore over 3 million acres of native grasslands across Texas and Oklahoma.

OPJV’s Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) was selected as a 2019 Conservation Wrangler. View the project page here.

Phillips 66 Grassland Restoration Partnership in collaboration with OPJV received a TxN Certification in 2019. View the certification page here.

 

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