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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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Elusive Wolverines Closer to New Federal Protection

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares some information on wolverines, as seen on episode 202 of This American Land. Our season two, episode two story on wolverines introduced a lot of viewers to a scrappy, mysterious, tough-as-nails mammal that few of us will ever see in the wild.   Producer-photographer William …

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High Flying, and a High Five to the “Lab of O”

Series producer Marsha Walton takes a look at the many wonderful stories featured on the first two seasons of This American Land on birds, and exciting news from our friends at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.  We cover all types of outdoor activities on our show. Any guesses on the …

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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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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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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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