Facebook link

What's New

Norfolk County changes open-air burning bylaw to accommodate prairie management. Prairie managers can now burn their own prairie under certain conditions.

Carden Alvar Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s newest provincial parks. It contains some of the largest tracts of grasslands in public hands. An alvar is a habitat of thin or absent soil cover on top of a limestone base. One type of alvar is dominated by native grasses and flowering plants and is among the rarest grasslands in the province. Visit their website at: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/

Tallgrass Ontario (TgO)

Welcome to the Tallgrass Ontario (TgO) website. The extensive content on our website is divided into three main sections. Each page has an expanded menu for its section in the left sidebar.

Bluestem Banner Header Download the latest edition of the Bluestem Banner (pdf) by clicking on the image to the left.  Go to the Bluestem Banner page for archived editions.

A Message from the President

Tallgrass Ontario
is a leader in restoring and protecting rare grasslands across Southern Ontario. We work with landowners, foundations, municipalities, provincial and federal funding agencies to provide habitat management services and to improve Tallgrass Prairie ecosystems. Information about our efforts can be found on this website.
In the three-year period ending in 2015 we provided hands-on maintenance on 43 privately-owned grassland sites in Southern Ontario. In 2018 Tallgrass Ontario has 4 projects in progress focusing on maintaining existing grassland in a healthy state, protecting rare plants such as Bird’s foot violet and Slender bush clover and enhancing habitat for pollinating insects including Monarch butterflies.
Please consider donating to Tallgrass Ontario. Your donation will support:

  • Updating our recovery plan which will assist TgO in protecting and restoring more remnant prairies in Southern Ontario,  
  • Production of information booklets supplied for events and meetings to educate the public about the rarity of these ecosystems and the steps required to protect them,
  • Boots-on-the-ground maintenance to ensure grasslands and savannahs remain healthy. This work includes prescribed burning, invasive species removal, control of competing native vegetation, enlargement of remnant tallgrass areas, mowing of sites where prescribed burning is not possible and other management activities.

Tallgrass Ontario is an all-volunteer organization which relies on member donations and government grants to carry out our important work.  Our administration costs are among the lowest of Canadian environmental charities.

All donations will be used for Tallgrass Ontario's activities to support Ontario’s grasslands including outreach, education, remnant restoration and habitat creations.  Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference restoring grasslands where they are in decline and maintaining them where they are still found.  By donating you will be helping our efforts to restore and protect these rare landscapes.

Donating is easy – go on-line to our website and donate at Canada Helps at http://www.tallgrassontario.org/ . The Canada Helps button is on the upper right-side of our home page.  A charitable tax receipt will be forwarded upon receipt of your donation. 

Steve Rankin
President, Tallgrass Ontario