Conservation

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 31, 2017 Show 104 Hour 1

A new book challenges our assumptions about people and nature. It's an anthology of eleven essays, edited by Anthony J. Amato, Associate Professor of Social Science at Southwest Minnesota State University. The book is called "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives." Anthony Amato joins us to talk about the book, the new face of conservation, and what’s at stake in the Northern Plains regarding conservation.

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In the Moment ... May 1, 2017 Show 083 Hour 2

The Koalas are coming, and it's all part of a global conversation effort that includes zoos across the world. With us today is Elizabeth Whealy. She's President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls. We talk about how to move a koala and the role of zoos in global conservation efforts.

Pollution And Recreation On The Big Sioux

Jul 11, 2016
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Erin Mairose

Water testing on the Big Sioux River shows high levels of bacteria and pollution in some areas. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommends only having limited contact with the water, meaning they don’t suggest swimming in it.

But the city of Sioux Falls continues to build parks and recreation areas along the river, in the effort to foster economic development.

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The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices. Cronin Farms won the South Dakota award this year. A farm tour demonstrated what the operation is doing to improve the environment.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Western Reservoirs May Face Conservation

Jun 28, 2016

Officials expect Western South Dakota’s reservoir levels to drop throughout the summer. This is due to irrigation releases and dry conditions ahead. Ginger Wessels is with the Bureau of Reclamation. She says reservoir levels vary across the region, with Shadehill Reservoir near Lemmon at the lowest total. She says this spring’s precipitation helped prepare for the season, but patterns of moisture in May and June and lack of snowpack contribute to drops in overall levels. She adds predictions see potentially different weather than usual.

Bison Could Become National Mammal

May 3, 2016
Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Bison could soon become the country’s National Mammal. The US House and Senate passed the National Bison Legacy Act. It’s awaiting President Obama’s signature.

Redlin Art Center

Terry Redlin, a renowned South Dakota artist, died on Sunday night at age 78.   Redlin retired from painting nine years ago. He died in a Watertown care center after a long-term battle with dementia.

Redlin is known for his oil paintings of wildlife and outdoor scenes. The Redlin Art Center in Watertown features his original work. 

Julie Ranum is the Executive Director of the Redlin Art Center. She says Redlin became an artist thanks to a college scholarship.   

Parks That Changed America

Apr 11, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of National Parks.  

One group in the state is trying to remind people that all parks hold value from the biggest open spaces like the Badlands all the way down to the small city parks.

Michael Stanley is a landscape architect in Rapid City. 

Study Forecasts Consequences Of Changing Landscape

Apr 5, 2016
Kealey Bultena

SDSU researchers predict that over the next two decades, the amount of land used for growing crops in the northern Great Plains will increase. They say that means the amount of grassland will decrease, creating some potential risks.

Downtown Rapid City Goes Dark For Earth Hour

Mar 17, 2016
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

Part of downtown Rapid City goes dark this weekend.

It’s in conjunction with a global event called Earth Hour,  where cities around the world are shutting off their lights for an hour.   The event aims to bring awareness to both conservation and light pollution.

 

Many living in South Dakota are used to seeing the stars at night, but people who live in large cities don’t enjoy the night sky in the same way.

The South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society is celebrating 50 years in the state. Shane Mahoney is keynote speaker for their annual meeting. He’s the president and CEO Conservation Visions Incorporated. He’s a scientist, a film maker, a writer, a wildlife manager, and a policy innovator.

While broadcasting live from the state capitol building in Pierre, Cara Hetland visited with Kelly Hepler, Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department.  Hepler has been in his position since early this year after having spent most of his career in Alaska.  He discussed the pheasant habitat rehabilitation program among other issues.

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A new initiative aims to help South Dakota landowners maintain wildlife habitat on their property. Habitat Pays is a joint venture between the state departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks.

New Protection Plan Keeps Sage Grouse Off Endangered List

Sep 22, 2015
U.S. Department of the Interior

The Greater Sage Grouse won’t make the Endangered Species List, but U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced a broad new conservation plan that aims to preserve the habitat needed to keep the grouse from further decline.   The birds live across what’s called the Sagebrush Sea that covers 11 western states including parts of the Dakotas.  The new conservation plan has some impact on South Dakota.

The Mayor of Sioux Falls is hosting his 3rd annual Big Sioux River Water Summit Thursday. Conservationists, city officials, and agriculture specialists are discussing projects to improve the water quality near the Big Sioux River.

Jesse Neyens is an environmental analyst and water quality specialist with the city of Sioux Falls. He says this year the Mayor decided to host the summit in Brookings hoping to engage more people in the discussion of water quality.

Pheasants Forever

Concern over the loss of habitat has led the Twin Cities-based conservation group Pheasants Forever to open its first regional office in South Dakota. The group’s long-time vice president of government affairs, Dave Nomsen, opened new state headquarters in Brookings this week and has started his new role as Pheasants Forever’s first South Dakota Director. Nomsen is a graduate of South Dakota State University and served on the faculty of the wildlife department. He’s been with Pheasants Forever since 1992.

Additions To Whitney Preserve

Jun 3, 2014

The public is invited to an open house Saturday from 1:00-10:00 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy's Whitney Preserve.  The Conservancy is celebrating the preserve's 15th anniversary as well as the grand opening of Bev's Bunkhouse, a new multi-purpose facility that will be made available free of charge to students, researchers, conservationists and nature-inspired groups.  Corissa Krueger, program coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, visited about Whitney Preserve and Saturday's open house.

National Water Trails Designation

Apr 15, 2014
South Dakota Kayak Challenge

The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail was added to the National Water Trails System last November.  The designation applies to 147 miles of the river between the spillways at Ft.

New Wild Kingdom Host

Jul 18, 2013

South Dakota State University graduate Stephanie Arne was recently selected as the new "Wild Guide" for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.  She was chosen in a competition that began with over 200 applicants.  Currently, Arne serves as a wildlife educator for the Honolulu Zoological Society and has spent the past decade exploring the world, learning about wildlife and teaching about conservation.  Arne joins the ranks of legends like Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler as the next host to take viewers on wildlife adventures.

TRCP Launching Conservation Exchange

Jul 8, 2013

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is launching an exchange this summer between South Dakota farmers and ranchers and Louisiana Gulf fishermen to seek solutions to conserve America's native prairies and coastal waters. The Exchange will involve three South Dakota farm couples traveling to Cocodrie, Louisiana in July for a three-day educational outing.

The Legacy Of American Forester Gifford Pinchot

May 8, 2013

SDPB-TV is airing "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot" this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Central. Gifford Pinchot was an American forester and politician. Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until his firing in 1910, and was the 28th Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1923 to 1927, and again from 1931 to 1935. He was a member of the Republican Party for most of his life, though he also joined the Progressive Party for a brief period.

"Running Wild: The Life Of Dayton O. Hyde"

May 2, 2013

Suzanne Mitchell, director of "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde," visited about the documentary during the Black Hills Film Festival in Hill City.  The film screens Friday night at the Hill City High School.  It explores the compelling life of Dayton O.