Ranching & Agriculture
'Cows are awesome': Working Grasslands Partnership uses managed cattle grazing to benefit habitat and wildlife on expired CRP lands in North Dakota.
Farm To Solar Field Transformations: in California’s San Joaquin Valley, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will, ultimately, put restrictions on pumping. TNC says converting what had been farm to solar arrays could be key to meeting California’s climate action targets.
A great climate comes from happy soil. Could happy soil come from California?
The largest agricultural economy in the country is paying farmers to improve their lands' health.
Agricultural land best for solar, Oregon State study finds, at least when it comes to “agrivoltic systems.” This is where the shade from ground-mounted solar panels actually enhances the productivity of the land.
Wild bee die-offs at center of new research: Is there evidence of a spillover of viruses from honey bees to native bees, and are some native species more tolerant or resistant than others?
The United States has lost the equivalent of 9 Grand Canyon national parks (24 million acres of natural area) between 2001 and 2017 due to agriculture, energy development, housing sprawl and other human factors, making the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Conservation finds a home on the range:
DU Canada supports beef industry for environmental sustainability with Alberta Beef Producers.
River refuge: Public-private partnership works to restore silvery minnow habitat.
Encore Green Environmental announces by-product/produced water project in Permian Basin.
Wildlife, Recreation & Education
New duck and pheasant plans emphasize benefits beyond hunting.
Good news for America’s longest snake! 15 Eastern Indigo Snakes just released in year three of the North Florida recovery effort. Multiple partners collaborate to bring apex predator back to TNC's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.
Cyclists support land conservation at 11th annual Ride to the Barns in Wisconsin.
Good news to help celebrate Saskatchewan’s natural heritage: Over 1,660 hectares (4,127 acres) of native grasslands and wetlands receive conservation status, thanks to anonymous landowners.
Protect grasslands — and buy range-fed beef — says bird report. Two-thirds of birds that breed and winter in grasslands have been lost, says State of Canada’s Birds report.
Science based bird-friendly protocols were developed for beef production to promote holistic management of private lands, and farmers were at the forefront to help save our birds.
Longleaf Pine Alliance hosts educational program for land managers, private landowners in Florida.
Protecting a critical forest in Appalachia through community partnerships and the Forest Stewardship Council. This project will demonstrate the power of a nature-based economy through “sustainable forestry, solar energy development, carbon offset credits, land restoration and recreation revenues.”