A New Tool for Rangeland Trusts

The prairies of the western United States, consisting of millions of acres of grassland, habitat and complex ecosystems, have supported ranchers and their families for generations.  A symbol of pride, freedom, and independence, the prairies have sustained the American ranching lifestyle – a lifestyle that promotes hard and honest work, strong family values and resilient communities.  Unfortunately, this lifestyle that embodies images of the old west and the growth of America is in jeopardy. 

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Land Degradation and Our Future

The disappearance of grasslands, while prevalent in Kenya, is an issue that is present in the United States as well in a different form: conversion to cropland. Although grasslands’ importance is sometimes forgotten, they are homes to some of our most valuable and unique species. Preserving the habitats of species matters, not only for the animals, but also for the preservation of many American’s livelihoods and for the environment we all appreciate.

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Can You Benefit From Ecosystem Markets?

Grasslands provide a wide range of economic, social and ecosystem services, many of which the general public is unaware.  In addition to being used as grazing lands and recreational lands, grasslands provide habitat for different species, can improve water quality, and be a sink for carbon dioxide in the soil.  For the most part, these…

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More Than Grassland

Few scenes are more classically American than rolling hills of prairies and grassland. They are, however, more than just a pretty picture. While the importance of grasslands may not be front of mind for some, many Americans rely on them every day. There are about 528 million acres of privately-owned pasture and rangeland that represent…

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