The Palouse Prairie, formerly one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, is essentially extinct. Of the estimated more than 12 million acres of original habitat, less than 1% remains, most of which is fragmented and rapidly losing ground to invasive species.

Fortunately, most of the species that used to call this region home are still hanging on, and could easily recolonize the region if we reestablish native Palouse Prairie. The Phoenix Conservancy is partnering with numerous local organizations as restoration specialists, focused on controlling invasive species while reintroducing threatened native species. By establishing native plants, The Phoenix Conservancy has launched several projects devoted to restoring the region’s unique wildlife, from pollinators to pygmy rabbits.

  1. What has nature ever done for us?

    A question that scientists, conservationists, resource managers, naturalists and your average human comes across with surprising regularity is why does biodiversity matter? What is the point of conserving such a diverse array of organisms? Why do we need five different types of beetle in this canyon? Who cares if a species of mountain orchid goes extinct? Why should I care that the population of b…Read More

  2. The Anatomy of a Phoenix

    Symbiosis has always intrigued me. I was raised believing that nature was very one dimensional. That stronger animals always killed weaker ones to survive, and that with limited resources, intense competition must result. Yet, as I learned more about life on this wonderful planet, the more I learned that this was not, by any means, the rule. For those of you who may not know, symbiosis comes from …Read More

  3. Learn more about our Palouse Prairie work!

    Our local programs are focused on partnering with communities and organizations to restore and protect the highly endangered Palouse Prairie ecosystem. To accomplish this we have created an internship program for students of Washington State University to give them hands on experience with restoration while carrying out programs that better local communities. Currently, the Phoenix Conservancy is …Read More