Attacking Invasive Cheatgrass at Its Root

Not much can stop cheatgrass from spreading. That's why scientists are turning to a solution in the soil, a microbe that inhibits the growth of cheatgrass roots, giving native plants a chance to return.

Lisa Feldkamp

Scaling-Up Agricultural Planning for Conservation in the Brazilian Cerrado

Nature Conservancy scientists have found that landscape-scale impact mitigation in Brazil offers significant benefits for conservation, without adding substantial cost increases for commercial agricultural producers.

Justine E. Hausheer

Recovery: Saving Grayling With a Carrot and Stick

The stunning native fish known as grayling has struggled in Montana. But a juggernaut of agencies, conservation organizations and ranchers is making a difference.

Ted Williams

A Dirty Solution to Cleaning the Atmosphere

Soils have twice as much carbon as the atmosphere. Which means there’s a lot of interest in figuring out if soil can hold even more carbon—to help fight climate change.

Stephen Wood

Nature Doesn’t Hurt Farmers, It Helps

If removing habitat from farms doesn’t improve food safety, are other practices equally as ineffective, or worse, potentially damaging to farmers? A new study says yes.

Cara Cannon Byington

A Cruise to a Nesting Ibis Colony

Wetlands for nesting, farms for forage: the combination is ideal for wading birds. White-faced ibis, in particular, need areas like Mud Lake in Idaho like rivers need rain.

Kris Millgate

Cows and Grassland Birds: Can They Get Along?

What effect does grazing have on grassland birds? It may not be what you think.

Marissa Ahlering

The Four Biggest Hazards Facing Monarch Butterflies, and How You Can Help

A recent scientific paper argues that monarch butterflies are at risk of “quasi-extinction.” But what does this mean? Our blogger breaks down the issues facing butterflies.

Christine Peterson

Raising Cranes: Can Grain Fields Save a Bird?

Greater sandhill cranes' numbers have plummeted since the 1990s in the Greater Yellowstone region. Can a new effort that pays farmers for unharvested grain help?

Kris Millgate

Good News for Elephants: How These Communities Reduced Poaching by 35 Percent

When communities become involved in conservation, does wildlife protection really follow? Recent reports from northern Kenya provide hopeful evidence that the answer is yes.

Matthew L. Miller

The Verdict is In: We Can Grow Safe Food and Conserve Nature at the Same Time

A new paper by Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow and lead author Daniel Karp shows that removing habitat around farm fields does not make food safer. In fact, it may have the opposite effect.

Cara Cannon Byington

Can Traditional Agriculture Restore the Reef?

Ninety percent of the land was covered with invasive weeds. But that degraded land could hold the key to restoring the reef on the island of Oʻahu. Just add agriculture.

Matthew L. Miller