This American Land
A unique series of magazine-style episodes hosted by Bruce Burkhardt, former environmental reporter for CNN, and middle-school science teacher Caroline Raville. Each episode links 3 or 4 stories, sometimes in a theme, showing how conservationists, fishermen, hunters and outdoor recreationists are sharing responsibilities for protecting America's natural heritage for future generations. The focus is on whild and beautiful places you've never heard about, and on passionate people protecting vital American landscapes, waters, and wildlife.
This American Land Previous Broadcasts
California's Coastal Wilderness, Cleaning the Gulf, Little Blue - Broken Promise (Episode #505)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
California's Coastal Wilderness - Local residents support a bill in Congress to designate new wilderness areas and wild & scenic rivers to ensure permanent protection of treasured public lands in the vast Los Padres National Forest. Cleaning the Gulf - Farmers and ranchers in Louisiana add cover crops and rotational practices to improve soil health and keep their upstream runoff from contaminating the Gulf of Mexico. Little Blue - A Broken Promise - A small community in West Virginia was promised a recreational dream, but instead got a power plant's coal ash dump that poisons their drinking water (co-produced with Earthjustice).
Unity For The Whitefish Range, Boosting Organics, Pesticide Lake (Episode #504)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
Unity for the Whitefish Range - A widely based coalition of local interest groups campaigns for permanent protection of forests, watersheds and wildlife habitat in a critical northern Montana landscape. Boosting Organics - Small-scale farmers in Montana learn how to grow crops organically with helpful support from advisers with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Pesticide Lake - Crop dusters commonly spray a toxic brew of pesticides on farmworkers in the fields, and the impact on the environment and the health of many people in Lake Apopka, Florida is obvious (co-produced with Earthjustice).
Hogs On The Buffalo, Farming The Upstream, Reborn To Be Rewild (Episode #503)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 11, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
Hogs On The Buffalo - With waste from a new industrial hog farm threatening the purity of the nation's first national river, citizens raise the alarm and score a victory with a lawsuit. Farming The Upstream - Farmers in Iowa and Illinois adopt new practices to prevent runoff of chemicals and waste that would pollute the Mississippi River. Reborn To Be Rewild - Running out of space in Yellowstone National Park, bison are re-located to Indian reservations in Montana where they can build new populations of wild herds (produced with Earthjustice).
Protecting Bristol Bay, A Billion Oysters, Dryden, NY, Just The Facts On Fracking (Science Nation) (Episode #502)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 4, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
Protecting Bristol Bay - A new decision by President Obama supports fishermen and local communities that oppose the prospect of offshore oil and gas drilling that would threaten the Southeast Bering Sea's incredibly rich seafood harvests. A Billion Oysters - In a project sponsored by the Captain Planet Foundation, high-school students in are restoring oyster beds in New York Harbor with a hatchery and artificial reefs that allow oysters to grow, reproduce and colonize new ground, leading eventually to the return of a self-sustaining oyster population. Dryden, NY - A Town That Stopped Fracking - The chronicle of Dryden's grassroots campaign to ban fracking inside the town's boundaries, a decision upheld by New York's highest court (produced with Earthjustice). Just The Facts On Fracking (Science Nation) - Making and enforcing policies about hydraulic fracturing are often steeped in politics, but scientists are studying the impact of this drilling process on air, water, and human health - without all the shouting.