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New Study: Where Have All The Rangelands Gone?

It’s a familiar lament: rangelands are disappearing, lost in a sea of “for sale” signs and subdivisions. Can land protection tools make a difference?

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Protecting Sage Grouse Habitat: Does It Benefit Mule Deer Populations?

Greater sage grouse require large landscapes. Many have argued that protecting them can also protect other wildlife. But is that really true for mule deer?

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From Theory to Practice: Managing Coral Reefs for Resilience

Scientists and reef managers agree: the key to successful reef management is resilience. But how do you manage for resilient corals? It was hard to know. Until now.

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Conservation and Food Security: The $115 Billion Question

In situ conservation of crop wild relatives: an overlooked strategy for food security, and conservation has the best tools and expertise for the job.

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Bark in the Park: How are Dogs Affecting Open Spaces?

Rover might be your best friend — but do you really know how he’s affecting your favorite park and its wildlife when you let him off leash there?

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Nature as Normal: Our Lead Scientist’s Research Agenda

Nature is critical to people’s lives — so why don’t people think about it that way? TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make that happen through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

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Review: Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast

Why has the jaguar fared better than tigers and lions? How can we conserve these big cats in the face of development and other pressures? A remarkable scientific journey leads to a new look at this elusive creature in Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast.

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Salmon Cam 2014: A Live Look at Migratory Fish

This fall, we’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view at the Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout that are spawning on The Nature Conservancy in California’s Shasta Big Springs Ranch.

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Diversify Your Species: New Paper from NatureNet Fellow Danny Karp

An encouraging study published in Science suggests farmers have the power to prevent a lot of species extinctions simply by adopting changes in their practices.

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Peter Kareiva on Why the Ozone-Reforestation Study is Important

The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist says new research from the TNC-The Dow Chemical Company collaboration shows nature can be a cost-competitive alternative — and bring bonus benefits.

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Reforestation for Ozone Removal: An Attractive Option

Restoring forests, nature’s air cleaners, to remove smog-causing ozone and its precursors could cost less than high-tech approaches in some cases.

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Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

Making smart conservation investments in Africa: a return-on-investment framework allows transparent data-driven comparisons across multiple habitats.

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Understanding the Lake Erie Algal Bloom & Toledo Water Shutdown

Think about it: Half a million people living next to one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater were forced to drink from plastic water bottles. How did it come to this? The Conservancy’s Patrick Doran delves into the science behind the Lake Erie algal bloom.

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Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

Local communities are working together to manage their coastal marine resources. Learn how Pate Marine Community Conservancy is revamping marine conservation.

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Follow the Cow that Follows the Burn

At the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota, conservationists are using GPS tracking to learn the secret movements of an important grassland animal: Cows. Wait. Cows?

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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