Graphic: Only a sliver of once vast grasslands remain

  • Graphic by: RAYMOND GRUMNEY
  • Updated: September 22, 2012 - 10:32 PM

Before European settlers arrived, prairies made up about half of what is now the United States. Almost half of the American prairie has been converted to other uses - primarily row crops in the last three centuries. In the Upper Midwest, only about one percent of native grasslands remain.
Click images above the map to explore what has happened to our vast grasslands.