Miriam Horn Highlights Conservation Heroes in America's Heartland

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Cattle rancher John Harder walks to the spot where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would pass through his property with his dog Ruger on October 12, 2014 outside Winner, South Dakota. Harder says he is the only man left in South Dakota who has not agreed to let the pipeline pass through his property.  (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

From the Kansas farmlands to the Gulf of Mexico, Miriam Horn has seen firsthand the efforts of American conservationists. The head of Special Projects at the Environmental Defense Fund says those environmentalists take shape in red-state farmers, western ranchers and commercial fishermen. Horn followed five such conservationists, chronicling their efforts to sustain the land and sea in her new book, "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland." Horn joins us in this hour to talk about environmental preservation at the grassroots level and new challenges to conservation in America's current political climate.


Miriam Horn, author, "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland"

Dusty Crary, Montana rancher