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A Look Back at Season Two

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 …

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Protecting America’s Wild and Beautiful Places

The United States now has five new national monuments! President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act, designed to protect unique and historic landmarks, to add special protections to some stunning places from coast to coast. The sites include some areas you have seen us report on in episodes of “This …

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High school students in Kanab learn the importance of protecting vanishing native plants and tackling invasive species. Harvesting native seeds
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Resources for Educators

At This American Land, we strive to educate our viewers about the conservation issues that currently face American landscapes, waters and wildlife. The stories we feature can also be excellent resources for educators to use in their classrooms.  We are forging partnerships with educational associations and organizations to help us …

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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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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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