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May 31, 2016

Networks for Large Landscape Conservation in North America

R. Patrick Bixler Texas A&M University

A central challenge of working at the many different scales of the Crown of the Continent is the number of boundaries that exist across the landscape. Applications of network governance at the Crown of the Continent The Crown of the Continent is a vast, unique region, with its 18 million acres stretching from Montana to […] ...
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May 25, 2016

North American Models of Large Landscape Conservation

R. Patrick Bixler Texas A&M University

Environmental Problems do not have boundaries and Conservation Challenges affect everyone. Climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and ecosystem degradation affect diverse groups of people across large areas. These problems transcend jurisdictional and other socially-constructed boundaries. Action to address these impacts cannot be coordinated without the input, bu ...
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March 22, 2016

Grazing can be a win for water quality, climate change, and farm economics

Kelly O’Neill Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans over 64,000 square miles and is home to 87,000 farms, many of which produce livestock. The byproduct of this livestock production is manure, both a potential pollutant (if not carefully managed) and a resource to fertilize crops. Without pollution controls, nutrients not used by crops may volatilize into the air, […] ...
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March 13, 2015

Management of stingless bees in the Balsas River Basin, Michoacán, Mexico

Octavio Reyes Salas Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Arturo Argueta Villamar Alejandro Casas Andrés Camou-Guerrero Alejandro Reyes González

Stingless bees belong to the order of insects called Hymenoptera and are globally recognized as a very large group of bees, between 400 and 500 species. Tropical regions of the American Continent are considered a center of diversification of stingless bees. In the case of Mexico, there are 46 species of stingless bees, and 26 […] ...
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December 9, 2014

A Gabion Named Marcelino: A Story of Cross-Border Land Restoration

Tom Barry Center for International Policy

Several kilometers south of the U.S.-Mexico border is a gabion dam commemorating Marcelino Alfaro. A decade ago Alfaro didn’t know what a gabion was. But on the January morning in 2014 that Alfaro suffered a fatal heart attack, the seventy-something leader of the Ejido 18 de Agosto was inspecting the gabions (rock-filled baskets formed by […] ...
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October 16, 2014

Growing Food and Biodiversity

Sam Quinn The Farm at Sunnyside

Food production and biological conservation may often appear to be at odds, but both share poignant similarities. Farming today faces its own diversity crisis—mirroring precipitous declines in biological diversity, fewer and fewer crops account for an ever-growing proportion of our diet. Thanks to this growing understanding of the inseparable link between wild species and far ...
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August 1, 2014

Close to Home: Exploring Three of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This blog often focuses on the geographies and management techniques of faraway (from our headquarters in Washington, DC) lands like the Eastern High Atlas of Morocco or Northern Tanzania’s culturally and ecologically unique Maasai Steppe Heartlands. But, this week, EcoAgriculture Partners’ staff ventured out into the field to explore several landscapes closer to our home ...
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