Kansas Flint Hills tallgrass prairie maps
The maps listed below were prepared for the Kansas Energy Council by the staff of the Kansas Biological Survey, with cooperation from staff from the Data Access and Support Center and others. They are based on the most recent aerial and satellite data available.
For each of the 13 counties in the core Flint Hills ecoregion, two maps were produced that show the amount of intact prairie landscape, a photo.jpg and a grid.jpg. Only the photo.jpg map is available for the seven peripheral counties (Clay, Dickinson, Jackson, Marion, Ottawa, Saline, Shawnee) because of the small amount of prairie present.
The photo.jpg shows the outline of the 90- to 100- percent intact prairie landscapes greater than 2,000 acres in area. The prairie landscapes are displayed over an aerial photograph to allow users to see the underlying landscape.
The grid.jpg shows the 90- to 100-percent areas, as in the photo.jpg, but these maps also show additional areas of prairie (50- to 90-percent intact and less than 50-percent intact prairie) as they were mapped in 40-acre grids. The grid view allows users to see the arrangement of other areas of prairie that are part of the cropland, woodland and grassland landscape.
Flint Hills prairie map