Nature Conservancy

Endangered species protection
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken

The population of the lesser prairie chicken is plummeting. According to some estimates, it was cut in half in 2012.
Credit J.N. Stuart/Flickr Commons

It's prairie chicken mating season!

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.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:45 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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.

In eastern Colorado, one way could be in the plodding hooves of cattle.

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.

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6:43 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Maverick Ranch in SE Colo. sells for $8.3M

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The Colorado Nature Conservancy has purchased the 33,000-acre Maverick Ranch just south of La Junta for $8.3 million.
  • Source: Chieftain
  • | Via: The Pueblo Chieftain
LA JUNTA - The Colorado Nature Conservancy has purchased the 33,000-acre Maverick Ranch just south of town for $8.3 million. The previous owner hailed from Louisiana and decided to sell it. "This is one of the largest and most intact prairie lands in the region," Matt Moorhead, Southeast Colorado program director for the Conservancy said.