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2008-10-12 12:00:11

By MIKE FUHR Agreen tide is overtaking this country. It's putting environmental issues on the minds of many Americans on a regular basis for the first time in, perhaps, decades. This shift is evident in the abundant number of media stories about the trend.

2008-09-24 12:00:19

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Communications Manager, Sarah Bray, +1-713-265-0310, or Cell, +1-832-226-2116, or Fax, +1-713-265-0365, sarah.bray@horizonwind.com, of Horizon Wind Energy, LLC Company Sets Standard with Unprecedented Conservation Efforts in Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept.

2008-09-08 00:00:25

By NORB ASCHOM PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis.

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By CHET BROKAW INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the country's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets.

2008-09-02 21:00:11

By Laura Bauer KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will.

2008-09-01 00:01:35

By The Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) - On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets.

2008-08-24 15:00:00

Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will.

2008-08-11 21:00:25

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com The Nature Conservancy has transferred the 720-acre Chinquapin Bluffs Natural Area in Woodford County and the 60-acre Henline Creek Natural Area in northern McLean County to the ParkLands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas based in Mclean County.

2008-07-19 06:00:20

By Doug Page Staff Writer UNION -- John Applegate doesn't want any of Union ending up in the Stillwater River. Toward that end, the Union native and longtime city manager has been paring away at the city's discharges from its sewage treatment plant.

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2008-07-17 06:00:00

The small prairie, belonging to Dickerson and his wife, Patty Shanahan, is unique in another way, too: It's one of a minority of prairies to be protected from future development by a program that grants property owners a federal tax deduction for foregoing their development rights.


Latest Prairie Reference Libraries

Central tall grasslands
2013-04-19 18:16:33

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different...

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Aspen Parkland
2013-04-18 22:46:28

Aspen parkland is a reference to a very large area of transitional biome between prairie and boreal forest in two sections; the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta that crosses the border into British Columbia, and a much larger area stretching from central Alberta, all across central Saskatchewan to south-central Manitoba near the US border. Aspen parkland is made up of groves of aspen poplars and spruce interspersed with areas of prairie grasslands, also intersected by large stream...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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2006-12-12 14:39:19

The prairie dog (Cynomys) is a small, burrowing rodent native to the grasslands of North America. This stout-bodied rodent will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including its short tail. They are found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States, prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River. They have also been introduced into a few eastern locales. Biology and behavior The highly social prairie dogs live in large...

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