….Then as to scenery (giving my own thought and feeling,) while I know the standard claim is that Yosemite, Niagara falls, the upper Yellowstone and the like, afford the greatest natural shows, I am not so sure but the Prairies and the Plains, while less stunning at first sight, last longer, fill the esthetic sense fuller, precede all the rest, and make North America’s characteristic landscape.

Indeed through the whole of this journey, with all its shows and varieties, what most impress’d me, and will longest remain with me, are these same prairies. Day after day, and night after night, to my eyes, to all my senses—the esthetic one most of all—they silently and broadly unfolded. Even their simplest statistics are sublime.

Walt Whitman, 1897, “America’s Characteristic Landscape” printed in “Specimen Days”

“Why Prairie Matters – New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”

In this TEDx talk, Carol Davit explains why we need to save what remains of our tallgrass prairies. Her perspective is an exemplary way to think and talk about prairie conservation. Ms Davit is Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.  Although she speaks of  Missouri prairies, almost all of her statements are equally true for Texas prairies.