Tag: habitat restoration

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Farmers Across High Plains Brace for Hard Times as Drought Bears Down

On the Southern Great Plains dry spells are normal. Although farmers and ranchers can’t make it rain, they can keep soil healthy, to make the most of what rain they get. Any home gardener knows

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Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Scientists involved in long-running regional and national bird-counting surveys in France have reported precipitous declines in agricultural regions, even among common birds such as blackbirds that are well adapted to human activity and do well

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American Prairie Reserve

Our national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite were chosen for their spectacular mountain scenery. The American Great Plains were not considered sufficiently scenic, although the Great Plains contained some of the most incredible ecosystems, animal

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Are Wolves the Pronghorn’s Best Friend?

Wolf and coyote eradications have exploded coyote numbers across North America. This has increased coyote predation of pronghorn fawns. Coyotes are pronghorns’ most effective predators; wolves will not tolerate coyotes. 150-years of coyote ‘management’ using

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The Last Cowboy at Pine Creek Ranch

 Since its conquest during the Mexican War, more than 50% of the West has belonged to the government, and ranching has been an integral part of Western settlement. The number of ranchers on public

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Arizona’s Gambel’s Country

Far-West Texas is the Eastern limit of this amazing and beautiful gamebird. Gambel’s Quail need brushy habitat which gets grazed. So landowners considering brush and cattle removals should understand this: No brush, no cows, no

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Restoring Desert Watersheds with Beaver: Back to the Future

Beaver reintroductions can help restore damaged watersheds across the desert Southwest. In far-West Texas, the Rio Grande and its tributaries are obvious starting places. Yet, any ranch having a spring or a creek that flows

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Call for Horse Grazing Pilot Study To Explore Wildfire Mitigation

Wild horses and burros, properly managed in combination with other animals, can help prevent wildfire.

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West Texas Beaver Wetlands: The Historic Record

When European settlers arrived in North America in the 1500s, they found as many as 400 million beavers. These four-footed water engineers had created—and maintained—an estimated 50 million acres of beaver ponds. Beavers populated the

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A New Study Suggests That Even The Toughest Pesticide Regulations Aren’t Nearly Tough Enough

“There were 1.6 million new cases of cancer last year, with 580,000 dying of the disease. Farm and industrial chemicals certainly play a major role in this epidemic. Yet little is done, with the poison-makers