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This American Land is the leading conservation news magazine series on public television stations nationwide. Reporting from the front lines on the protection and restoration of the nation’s land, water and wildlife resources, we bring you compelling stories that inform and entertain.

Clean water from farmlands

Farmers in Oklahoma use cover crops and smart pasturing of livestock to reduce use of chemical fertilizers, improve water quality, and increase their bottom line.

Reforesting Mississippi Wetlands

After failed conversion to agriculture years ago, flooded farmlands are now being restored to forested wetlands habitat with assistance from a federal program.

Protecting the Continental Divide

In the Colorado Rockies, residents support a Congressional bill creating new wilderness, wildlife conservation areas, and the nation’s first national historic landscape honoring veterans of the Second World War.

Testing The Antiquities Act

In Utah, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is threatened by federal cutbacks, becoming an iconic symbol of a law dating back to President Theodore Roosevelt who started the tradition of using it to protect vast American landscapes.

Freeing the Escalante River

Volunteers in Utah chop their way through choking invasive trees to unblock the remote Escalante River and keep it wild and free.

Data-driven farming

On the leading edge of agricultural technology, young farmers are using data to minimize costs and improve yields while protecting their soil and water.

Delta revival: just add water!

A new agreement with Mexico shares the Colorado River by dedicating water to the environment, restoring flows and habitat along the river and at the Delta.

Dawn of a new Delta

Where the Colorado River approaches the Sea of Cortez, conservationists re-plant forests and promote wildlife habitat to revive the Delta after decades of neglect and desertification.

Sharing the Gulf

In Louisiana, a diverse coalition including fishermen, chefs, environmentalists and retailers calls for fair, sustainable sharing of the Gulf of Mexico’s natural resources.

Saving a desert river

To protect one of Arizona’s last perennially flowing rivers, smart stewardship minimizes irrigation and clears invasive plants.

Urban farms

Taking advantage of open areas in crowded cities like Dallas, urban farmers are growing healthy foods and making profits.

Restoring Louisiana’s coast

With Louisiana’s coastline sinking and washing away, projects aim to reverse mismanagement that has blocked depositing of sediment at the Mississippi’s mouth.

Fishing quotas in the Gulf

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico use individual fishing quotas to manage red snapper catches sustainably and with far less risk.

Forest habitat for birds

Landowners in Pennsylvania are managing their forests to provide better habitat for declining species of songbirds like the golden-winged warbler.

Saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The nation’s most important conservation and recreational access program has protected areas in almost every state and county, but it could soon expire without action by Congress.

The value of fire

Forest plantations in Florida are managed with prescribed fires that benefit wildlife and the owner’s bottom line.

Better bat habitat

Landowners in Pennsylvania work with government support to provide critical forest habitat for threatened bat species.

Sustaining the red snapper

In a “catch share experience” on the Gulf Coast, a charter boat captain with an individual fishing quota shows recreational anglers how sustainable practices promise more income and safety.

Restoring monarch habitat

With helpful government support, an Oklahoma couple manages their ranchland landscape to provide an essential stopover for migrating monarch butterflies.

Revising forest plans

In the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in western North Carolina, the public is playing a major role in shaping their complex future with a new management plan.

Maintaining America’s national parks

From recent episodes of THIS AMERICAN LAND, these brief summaries of stories highlight major repair and maintenance issues affecting America’s national parks.

Balance in the Gunnison basin

In the upper basin of the Colorado River, water managers in western Colorado collaborate with landowners to develop innovative, more efficient systems to conserve water and restore flows to rivers.

Monumental Beauty

Rafting and fishing in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, curious journalists learn the truth about monuments that protect national treasures and a wide range of public uses.

Restoring a river

With new water rights and a major irrigation project under construction, Arizona’s Gila River Indian Community is reviving an agricultural heritage that sustained them for centuries before white settlers arrived.

Healthy farms, cleaner water

To avoid contributing to the “Dead Zone” far downstream in the Gulf, this Iowa farmer manages his land to keep nutrients in the soil and prevent polluting runoff.

Bobwhites on the brink: Kansas croplands

Farmers are learning how changes to cropland management can make a big difference for the survival of bobwhite quail, pollinators and other wild species.

Gunnison grandeur

Residents in this Colorado county know it’s a unique region because of its wild and scenic lands that deserve more federal protection as wilderness and recreation areas.

Bears Ears

Under the power of the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, protecting tens of thousands of cultural sites amid breathtaking landscapes. Watch our report from several years ago presenting the case for preserving this very special place.

Scenic Scotchman Peaks

A wide coalition of local groups in Idaho support wilderness protection for this remote and stunning roadless landscape covering 88,000 acres.

Bobwhites on the brink: Kentucky grasslands

With native grasses replaced by exotics for cattle pastures, quail and other wildlife have lost vital habitat that conservationists are trying to restore.

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Ed Arnett

Ed has been a professional wildlife biologist for more than 25 years and has worked on wildlife and forestry, wind energy, oil and gas development and conservation policy issues for federal agencies, private industry, academia and non-governmental conservation organizations.

He has worked with numerous species of wildlife and has studied bats since 1994, including research on these unique mammals for his doctorate degree. He is a certified wildlife biologist through The Wildlife Society and has published several scientific articles and book chapters from his work on wind energy-wildlife impacts, forest songbirds, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and bats.

Ed also is an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University. He is an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, and conservationist dedicated to fish and wildlife management, conservation policy and education.

NBC News Segments

A special series of reports from THIS AMERICAN LAND are featured in local news broadcasts on NBC channels across the country.

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Across the country, many species of songbirds are declining in numbers because their habitat is disappearing. But in Pennsylvania, owners of forest lands are learning how to manage their properties to provide the habitat the birds need.

For more than half a century, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been supporting the purchase of land for public ownership and recreational access. Gary Strieker explains why continuing the fund is so vital.

National Parks across the country are filled with visitors, and many parks are badly in need of maintenance and repairs–conditions that can’t be fixed without funding from Congress. Gary Strieker reports.

During summer months, millions of vacationers head to America’s National Parks, likely unaware of a serious problem affecting the parks–delayed repairs and maintenance that rangers are struggling to manage without the support they need from Congress. Gary Strieker reports.

National Parks across the country are welcoming record numbers of tourists, while their managers and park rangers are trying to cope with needed repairs and maintenance without the needed funds to pay for it. Gary Strieker has this report.

Across the country, farmers are trying new methods to prevent fertilizer nutrients from running off their land and contaminating water supplies. Gary Strieker reports from Ohio.

In the dry American Southwest, the supply of water has always been a contentious issue. In Arizona, a Native American tribe that once prospered before settlers arrived now has a bigger share of water and a new irrigation system that promises a brighter future.

In cities across the country, open spaces are being converted to urban farms, providing fresh produce to people who’ve never had easy access to it. From Dallas, Gary Strieker reports on one of them.

The notorious prison on California’s Alcatraz Island attracts a million and a half visitors a year to see it’s eerie cellblocks. As Gary Strieker reports, it is one of many national parks benefitting from an innovative program to make long-needed repairs.

In the Gulf of Mexico, the red snapper is a prized fish for anglers. Strict limits on fishing have allowed the snapper population to flourish, but not without complaints by some fishermen that they’re not getting their fair share.

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