conservation http://hppr.org en Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy http://hppr.org/post/eagles-legal-casualty-wind-energy <p></p><p>A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/science/earth/a-struggle-to-balance-wind-energy-with-wildlife.html?_r=0">reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 25849 at http://hppr.org Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention http://hppr.org/post/ranchers-lesser-prairie-chicken-greater-government-intervention <p>Landowners in Texas tend to be skeptical of more government involvement when it comes to protecting the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird inhabiting the portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, according to an article in <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/27/ranchers-rare-birds-just-mean-more-government"><strong>The Texas Tribune</strong></a>. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Adam Vos 22226 at http://hppr.org Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention 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? Rita Blanca National Grasslands Participating in Prairie Dog Vaccination Study http://hppr.org/post/rita-blanca-national-grasslands-participating-prairie-dog-vaccination-study <p>Prairie dogs are a keystone species on the high plains.&nbsp; That means others rely on them for food and shelter.&nbsp; <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-07-14/prairie-dog-study-has-high-hopes"><strong>The Amarillo Globe-News</strong></a> reported a study is being conducted to keep them healthy by vaccinating them for the&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(78, 78, 78); font-family: georgia, serif; line-height: 1.5;">bubonic plague. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 18901 at http://hppr.org Rita Blanca National Grasslands Participating in Prairie Dog Vaccination Study Pelican in the Wading Pool http://hppr.org/post/pelican-wading-pool <p>Nobody told me when I married a game warden that a pelican would take up temporary residence in my children’s wading pool. Nor did I realize my two tiny daughters and I would spend a couple of days throwing our hooks and lines off a bridge over Big Creek trying to catch enough fish to satisfy that visitor’s insatiable appetite. On the other hand, that eating machine never expected to vacation at our house either. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:21:23 +0000 Karen Madorin 17750 at http://hppr.org Pelican in the Wading Pool Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House http://hppr.org/post/tying-crop-insurance-conservation-faces-tough-road-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Senate has a farm bill (technically the Agriculture, Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013)</span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UbovL5zgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">ready and waiting for reconciliation with a House version</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it’s a good time to look at how some of what the Senate passed may play out in the House—and what it all means for the general public as well as for farmers.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 17504 at http://hppr.org Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House Prairie Invaders http://hppr.org/post/prairie-invaders <p></p><p> A trip to the Red Hills southwest of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, can be an eye opener for both beautiful countryside and an invading horde of Eastern Red Cedars -- a good tree gone bad.&nbsp; Red cedars have been a part of the history of the Great Plains from Texas to Canada, and were once controlled from over-population by natural wildfires.&nbsp; But with the advent of civilization, fires have been controlled to the point that the tree is taking over grazing lands and disastrous results are being reported.&nbsp; Reduced cattle forage, numbers of grassland birds (especially the prairie chicken), lesser numbers of other wildlife, and decreased stands of&nbsp; wildflowers are a result of the forestation of the prairie.&nbsp; One of the most serious side effects is the drain on water supplied from natural aquifers and annual rainfall.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 16970 at http://hppr.org Prairie Invaders