Engaging with leaders in the conservation movement, This American Land explores the protection of our natural heritage and the critical issues impacting America’s natural landscapes, waters and wildlife.
Ep. 23: Wild and Free Buffalo with Mike Mease
Revered as America’s national mammal, bison have made a spectacular recovery after near extinction in the late 19th century. But the wild herds of bison roaming Yellowstone National Park have outgrown the space available for them in the Park, and authorities are harassing and slaughtering bison that migrate across Park boundaries to reach grasslands they need to survive. Gary Strieker talks with Mike Mease, co-founder and coordinator of the Buffalo Field Campaign, to review the reasons why bison are considered a threat to cattle ranches around the Park and what the Campaign is doing to ensure the last wild herds of bison can live free and thrive.
Ep. 22: Reversing Trump’s Assault on the Environment with Kieran Suckling
After four years of executive actions by the Trump Administration that have weakened and undercut environmental safeguards, what needs to be done to restore the laws and regulations intended to protect our clean air, water, landscapes and wildlife? Gary Strieker talks with Kieran Suckling at the Center for Biological Diversity about the environmental priorities facing the incoming Biden Administration.
Ep. 21: Restoring Wolves to Colorado with Rob Edward and Jason Blevins
The last gray wolf in Colorado was shot in 1945, but in the recent election voters in the state approved a proposition directing wildlife authorities to bring them back. Supported by a well-funded campaign, the initiative countered powerful opposition from ranchers and farmers and got critical support from urban and suburban voters. To understand how this happened and what this means for the survival of the species, Gary Strieker talks with Rob Edward, the strategic advisor of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, which organized the initiative, and Jason Blevins, a reporter who covered the campaign for the Colorado Sun, an online news outlet based in Denver.
Ep. 20: Giant Snakes Invade Florida with Ian Bartoszek
Brought into the country as pets, Burmese pythons were released or escaped into the Everglades and have multiplied dramatically. Reaching as much as 20 feet in length and weighing 200 pounds, they have a tremendous appetite and are wiping out populations of small native mammals and reptiles. Gary Strieker talks with Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist with the Conservancy of South Florida who is leading a radio telemetry project tracking the snakes.
Ep. 19: Threat to Tongass National Forest with Andy Moderow
The Tongass National Forest in Alaska now faces a revival of logging threats. The Trump Administration wants to lift federal protective rules and allow logging in the Tongass that could result in clear-cutting old-growth trees and destroying areas of rainforest habitat that makes the Tongass so special for biodiversity and as a buffer against climate change. Gary Strieker talks about this with Andy Moderow, the Alaska Director of the Alaska Wilderness League and an expert on the Tongass an…
Ep. 18: Birds of North America, and Race, with Jason Ward
Gary Strieker talks with Jason Ward, a naturalist, bird watcher and host of the documentary series "Birds of North America" on YouTube, focusing on how his show aims to reach people who might not normally engage in conservation efforts and learn about natural history – in particular young people, people of color, and people who live in cities. He's a leading figure in this effort to promote inclusivity in conservation, and is now a community relations and outreach coordinator for the Nat…
Found link off National Park Geek. This podcast is very informative.
Do your own research
Several “experts” are just as politically and ideologically malicious as the people they are attacking. The premise of this series is wonderful. I feel bad for people who are listening to this thinking this is a fair representation of what’s going on in our public lands. It should be the job of the host to provide balance to the conversation and sadly he chose not to.
I was so exited when I found this but right away I was turned off. I was set back when there was lots of anti hunting speech on it with “hunting numbers” that were being pulled out of who knows were. As well as anti Trump speech. This isn’t just facts about public lands this a a very partisan podcast trying to push a belief on people.