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National Geographic

Brianna Randall

13 May 2021

Maywood, Nebraska, United States

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The Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance in Nebraska is working to preserve grasslands through prescribed burns. Eighty-volunteer members have burned nearly 85,000 acres to stop the spread of cedar trees that disrupt the ...

Village Square

Vinaya Kurtkoti

21 April 2021

Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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Lamakani, a small village in India, went barren and townspeople completely depended on water tankers after a drought in the 90s. One leader initiated a watershed movement. They applied a series of approaches which inc...

Mongabay

Peter Yeung

11 February 2021

Brazil

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The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado coalition of Indigenous peoples and organizational partners is fighting political challenges to preserve the region’s native vegetation and biodiversity. The Cerrado is ...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

19 October 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are fires set intentionally to reduce the fuel that can make wildfires so large and damaging. Despite the science favoring this approach for healthy ecosystems and fire prevention, government use of t...

The Guardian

Lynne Curry

19 August 2020

Oregon, United States

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An unlikely partnership between ranchers and conservationists is working together to protect grassland biodiversity on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon. The Nature Conservancy has cultivated relationships with l...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Robert Kibet

12 March 2020

Laikipia County, Kenya

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The invasive prickly pear cactus is spreading over grazing lands in Kenya and is harming herders’ livestock. So a local environmental science graduate is testing a system to turn the cacti into biogas. While the syste...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

21 February 2020

Malta, Montana, United States

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According to the WWF, 69 percent of the Northern Great Plains remains untilled, providing great opportunity for making sure that land remains untouched. Two conservation organizations, the Nature Conservancy and the A...

Hakai Magazine

Libby Sander

18 February 2020

Chesapeake, Maryland, United States

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The Natural Lands Project works with local landowners to turn hundreds of hectares of marginal croplands into native grasslands. The grasses offer refuge for the northern bobwhite quail and grip the soil, which helps ...

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Gregory Scruggs

18 July 2019

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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The American Prairie Reserve (APR)has diverged from government funding and instead created a free-market system to preserve prairie land across Northeastern Montana. Some ranchers in the state oppose the allowance of ...

Yale Environment 360

Janet Marinelli

20 June 2019

Clarkesville, Tennessee, United States

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A little known fact about the southeastern United States is that it used to be home to millions of acres of prairies and grasslands, and it remains one of the most biodiverse places in America. The Southeastern Grassl...

KNBC-TV

Aliya Jasmine

30 May 2019

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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When a Southern California rainy season fuels a boom in non-native grasses, the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Forestry Division deploys herds of goats to munch on what could turn into a wildfire hazard. The goa...

Inc. Magazine

Kevin J. Ryan

15 April 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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A San Diego startup called Vence has created a device that can help farmers control their livestock’s movements and behavior. The new technology – a collar with accompanying software – buzzes when an animal is somewhe...

Ensia

Viki Cramer

7 March 2019

East Perth, Australia

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The indigenous practice of setting regular fires to manage land hasn’t been used in generations, but it’s now being brought back to help manage wildfires in Australia. With support from the Wunambal Gaambera Aborigina...

Yes! Magazine

Madeline Ostrander

4 February 2019

Hayes, South Dakota, United States

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Mortenson Cattle Ranch in Hayes, South Dakota is redefining sustainability practices for cattle-raising farmers by using a model that restored the habitat, wildlife, and water sources on their land. Mimicking the habi...

Smithsonian

Kristen A. Schmitt

8 January 2019

Pinedale, Wyoming, United States

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Aided by advanced GPS collar technology, scientists in Wyoming are mapping herd animal movement as they migrate across the state. Such efforts have helped planners and conservationists remove barriers and weigh develo...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Ian McCluskey

2 January 2019

Umatilla, Oregon, United States

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At a decommissioned chemical depot, a lone biologist has been building artificial homes for burrowing owls. To date, he's installed some 182 burrows. Not only have his efforts helped bring a declining species back acr...

Ensia

Kristina Johnson

28 November 2017

Tom Miner Basin, Montana, United States

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With the lifting of federal protection on top predators like grizzly bears, many are concerned that landowners will be more likely to shoot predators found on their ranches and farmland, risking the fragile stability ...

Pacific Standard

Francie Diep

25 October 2017

California, United States

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As wildfires grow more intense and deadly in California, some experts say previous strategies to save lives and property need to be revamped and they're pushing for changes in policies. Agencies are studying the deadl...

The Salem News

Julie Huss

30 July 2017

Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States

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In Londonderry, New Hampshire, the Carriage Shack Farm hire out goats to eat unwanted plants like poison ivy or bittersweet. Contrary to humans, they aren’t harmed by the plant and actually enjoy eating it. Prior to b...

The Taos News

JR Logan

6 September 2016

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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A tax break for open space may help protect New Mexico’s farm land from development, preserving generations-old tradition and ownership, while maintaining valuable land for a future agricultural resurgence.

Cattle Drive

Matt Hansen

1 July 2014

Pescadero, California, United States

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Historically, open land conservationists and cattle ranchers in California were rivals but with new research, which praises controlled cattle grazing habits, cows are being welcomed back to open land grasslands, regen...

High Country News

Dave Philipps

19 November 2012

Colorado, United States

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After controversy over the removal wild horse populations, the Bureau of Land Management was tasked with the order of protecting wild horse populations. After years of protection, however, the wild horse population ha...

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