Field Notes

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Pinnacles National Park

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares some information about Pinnacles National Park in California. A few of our favorite stories on “This American Land” fall under the umbrella of “some of the most beautiful places you’ve never heard of…” We have not visited this California spot yet, but wanted to let …

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Photographer David Waters and I had terrific assignments this year covering the Gold Butte region of Nevada (episode 202) and Death Valley in California, (episode 204) looking at both areas as contenders for wilderness protection.
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Confessions From the Field

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares a look behind the scenes at some western shoots for season two of This American Land. Our day began at 5:00am for our California desert assignment. It was about 30 degrees. We hopped in a “seasoned” 4- wheel drive truck with our guide, Tom Budlong. …

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Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future

Episode 213 of This American Land features an excellent story on the Nature Conservancy’s youth program called Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, also known as LEAF. The program creates opportunities for young people to engage with nature, from partnering with environmental high schools around the nation, to providing …

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Ranger Tammy Says…

Producer Marsha Walton shares a firsthand look at one of the stories she worked on for season two of This American Land, at Fort Ord in California. People remember “Ranger Tammy. “ At Fort Ord National Monument in California, Tammy Jakl, a park ranger with the Bureau of Land Management, is a …

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Montana Forests

Episode 210 of This American Land features compelling stories on bald eagles and invasive lionfish, as well as a story on efforts to protect forest-related jobs and outdoor recreation opportunities in Montana. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has introduced a bill that would establish protection for Montana’s wild places, establishes and promotes “stewardship logging” …

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Behind the Scenes Photos from Season 2

Enjoy a look behind the scenes at shoots in Gold Butte, Nevada for season two of This American Land. Many thanks to photographer David Waters for the photos!

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In Praise of Reptile Resilience

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares a closer look at the story on indigo snakes that is featured in episode 212 of This American Land. Animals play a big part in the stories we cover at “This American Land.” It’s a wide range–from lovable and endangered species like the Florida manatee, …

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