A Look Back at Season Two

- Wednesday, July 17, 2013

As our production team prepares for season three of THIS AMERICAN LAND, coming soon to PBS stations nationwide, we spoke with some key members of our crew--Executive Producer Gary Strieker, Series Producer Marsha Walton, Managing Producer Walter Biscardi and Series Co-Hosts Caroline Raville and Bruce Burkhardt--to look back at season two, as well as get a sense of what season three will have to offer. We'll share their perspectives in a series of blogs.


THIS AMERICAN LAND: What was your favorite story was from season two of THIS AMERICAN LAND?

Gary Strieker: My favorite story was the segment on Rio Grande del Norte--a little-known corner of northern New Mexico, not far from where I live. I suppose it's because it profiled a landscape I see and appreciate every day.

Marsha Walton: It's hard to beat the images from our story on manatees. Our co-host Caroline Raville got to swim with them at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and we showed our audience how beautiful and important these creatures are. Since our story, they're facing some more threats, so we'll be following up on how scientists are working to help these endangered animals. 

Walter Biscardi: I liked the Beaver Builders story in episode 207. Nice, simple story of man learning from the animals and then helping restore balance naturally using the beavers' own skills. 

Caroline Raville: I definitely loved digging up the dinosaur bones. That is something I have wanted to do since second grade. The scenery was beautiful, and I learned so much. There is something really special about discovering new things, and that is exactly what we got to do.

Bruce Burkhardt: I liked the Idaho Wilderness story for many reasons, not the least of which was the beauty of the place. Many of our pieces have to do with striking a balance, and I think this piece epitomizes that. Protecting these amazing natural resources depends upon a delicate balance and consensus among many different types of user groups. This story is a great example of how this can be done. 

Stay tuned for more from this blog series. Next time we'll take a look at some funny stories from behind the scenes. In the meantime, share your favorite story from season two in the comments!

This American Land In the News

- Sunday, July 07, 2013

Our production team is working behind the scenes to finalize the third season of our conservation news series for PBS, bringing viewers compelling stories on issues that impact our landscapes, waters and wildlife. 

We'll feature a school in Oregon, the Albany Options School, that is working on a bioswale project, which uses a specifically-designed landscape of native plants to limit water pollution. You can read more about this project at the Captain Planet Foundation website, and also in the Albany Democrat Herald

This American Land returned to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument for the third season in a row, this time to film a story on native plant restoration in Kanab, Utah. Kanab High School Natural Resource Management students are growing native plants in a greenhouse and on experimental plots at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. You can read more about their efforts, featured in the Southern Utah News.

Executive Producer Gary Strieker worked with the USDA National Resource Conservation Service to highlight Texas farmers who are committed to conservation in their agricultural efforts. You can learn more about this story on the USDA-NRCS website

As always, you can keep up with the latest news from This American Land by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and visiting the "In the News" page on our website. 


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