This American Land
Ep. 21: Restoring Wolves to Colorado with Rob Edward and Jason Blevins

Ep. 21: Restoring Wolves to Colorado with Rob Edward and Jason Blevins

November 28, 2020

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

Ep. 20: Giant Snakes Invade Florida with Ian Bartoszek

November 6, 2020

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

Ep. 19: Threat to Tongass National Forest with Andy Moderow

October 13, 2020

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

Ep. 18: Birds of North America, and Race, with Jason Ward

August 3, 2020

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…

Ep. 17: “Outdoors for All” with James Edward Mills

Ep. 17: “Outdoors for All” with James Edward Mills

July 20, 2020

Gary Strieker talks with James Edward Mills about diversity and inclusiveness among people in America's great outdoors – in our national parks, wildlife reserves, monuments, wilderness and other public lands -- and the importance of those values in achieving the goals of conserving and restoring our natural resources. James Edward Mills is a journalist and founder of "The Joy Trip Project" and the author of "The Adventure Gap" , addressing why minority populations are much less likely …

Ep. 16: Black Birders Week with Tykee James

Ep. 16: Black Birders Week with Tykee James

July 7, 2020

As a nation, we're now at a time of serious self-examination, looking at our record of systemic racism in policing and elsewhere in our society. It's a time of reckoning for all of us, including the conservation community, where most of us feel responsible for protecting our natural resources because of our experiences in the great outdoors. But the outdoors in America has not been totally welcoming for people of color, and that needs to change. Gary Strieker talks about this with Tykee Jam…

Ep. 15: Coyote “Invasion” with Dan Flores

Ep. 15: Coyote “Invasion” with Dan Flores

June 16, 2020

Coyotes are literally everywhere now, roaming cities and suburbs across the country. They've been persecuted -- hunted and poisoned by government agencies for more than a century – but they've thrived in spite of that. Gary Strieker talks with Dan Flores, author of "Coyote America", a book that explores the history, folklore and science of coyotes and how they've managed to spread their territories right into our backyards.

Ep. 14: Salmon or Gold? The Pebble Mine Project with Stephen Lee

Ep. 14: Salmon or Gold? The Pebble Mine Project with Stephen Lee

June 4, 2020

The huge Pebble Mine gold and copper project in Alaska has been revived by the Trump Administration against fierce opposition from environmentalists and the salmon industry downstream in Bristol Bay. Gary Strieker talks about this controversy with Stephen Lee, a reporter with Bloomberg Environment who has covered the saga for years.

Ep. 13: Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Sabrina Shankman

Ep. 13: Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Sabrina Shankman

May 20, 2020

As the Trump Administration prepares to sell drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gary Strieker talks with Inside Climate News reporter Sabrina Shankman about the opposition to leasing and what's at stake in this pristine wilderness area in northeast Alaska.

Ep.12: Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon with Alicyn Gitlin

Ep.12: Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon with Alicyn Gitlin

April 29, 2020

New uranium mining activity just outside the boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park would pose the risk of serious radioactive contamination of air and water, especially threatening the Havasupai people who live at the bottom of the Canyon. Gary Strieker talks with the Sierra Club's Alicyn Gitlin about the campaign to persuade Congress to enact a permanent ban on uranium mining in the Canyon area.

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