||In the spring of 2001, conservation professionals met at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, located in Ansonville, North Carolina, to start what is known today as the Piedmont Prairie Partnership. To “jump start” this working group, a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was made available to restore native, remnant Piedmont prairies. To accomplish this objective, it was necessary to have
an informational/educational meeting and develop a partnership. The purpose of the meeting was to gather working professionals to determine common goals and objectives and to learn where the highest priority areas are for rare species protection and restoration. The Piedmont Prairie Partnership was started. Today, the partnership has evolved with the help of the following participants: private landowners, North Carolina Plant Conservation Program, North Carolina Botanical Garden, North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina Forest
Service, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), NRCS Plant Materials Program, Quail Unlimited, The Land Trust for Central North Carolina, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Sandhill Area Land Trust,
Piedmont Land Conservancy, Environmental Impact RC&D, Mitchell River Coalition, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State University Water Quality Group, Surry Community College, Habitat Assessment and Restoration Program Inc. (HARP Inc.), local
Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Town of Troy, Town Creek Indian Mound, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Crowders Mountain State Park, Environmental Defense, Southern Environmental Law Center, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In spring of 2004, a common goal and seven of the following objectives were agreed upon. The group also agreed to formalize partnership in a Memorandum of Understanding.