This is an example of Florida's most floristically rich ecosystem, the dry prairie. Only relict remains exsist scattered throughout Florida. The absence of trees allows for the biodiversity of the herbaceous plant layer to be extremely high. Many of Florida's endangered plant species can thrive in the relatively small areas where this habitat still remains. Good examples of the dry prairie ecosystem can be seen at Myakka State Park, Kissimmee State Park, and Ok Slough State Forest (pictured here). Although large tracks of the ecosystem still remain in private holdings. As ranching becomes less profitable, remaining private holdings of prairie are sold off and converted to development. Efforts need to be made to keep these larger ranches from being lost to unsustainable development through incentive and grant programs.