In Montana, conservationists, landowners, business leaders and government officials consider the importance of the most important yet least-known and understood conservation and access program in the U.S. – the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Farmers in Oklahoma use cover crops and smart pasturing of livestock to reduce their use of chemical fertilizers, improve water quality, and increase their bottom line. Researchers are finding useful purposes for recycled urine.
Managing irrigation demand in the upper Colorado Basin: collaborating with landowners, water managers in western Colorado are developing innovative, more efficient systems to conserve water and restore flows to rivers. In Oklahoma, removing invasive cedars and reviving essential prairie habitat for migrating monarch butterflies. In White Sands, New Mexico, researchers study lizards to learn how changing habitats influence evolution.
Dazzling natural formations below a New Mexico recreation area. Researchers use GPS technology to help endangered bighorn sheep living in very rugged terrain. Doggie detectives in Oregon help scientists save rare plants. The search for energy takes us in two directions: riskier tactics to extract fossil fuels; and a bold and promising new possibility for renewable energy. Some stunning scuba diving in possibly the last state you would ever imagine!