Nature Conservancy http://hppr.org en Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken http://hppr.org/post/feathers-ruffled-fed-plan-save-prairie-chicken <p>It's prairie chicken mating season!</p><p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris 31061 at http://hppr.org Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil? http://hppr.org/post/can-planned-grazing-revive-grassland-soil <p></p><p>The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn’t happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.</p><p>In eastern Colorado, one way could be in the plodding hooves of cattle.</p><p>Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case. It depends on how you manage them, if you make sure they keep moving.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 03:45:55 +0000 Luke Runyon 19547 at http://hppr.org Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?