North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies

  • America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Impact of Loss of Native Prairie

    In spite of being described as a “jewel, a national treasure,” America’s Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area’s subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Our Least Appreciated and Most Threatened Biome

    In spite of being described as a “jewel, a national treasure,” America’s Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area’s subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Balancing Grassland Preservation and Agriculture

    In spite of being described as a "jewel, a national treasure," America's Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area's subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | What Can Be Done

    Although it may take many years and much work, through the process of conservation and restoration the people of Canada can get their wetlands back. The legislation can help by passing laws and providing incentives.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Diverse Wetlands

    Draining wetlands has an ecomonic effect, but it also has an effect on the animals, especially waterfowl. That is why wetlands must be preserved to keep this waterfowl breeding.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Unintended Consequences

    When neighbors drain wetlands it effects everyone with flooding and other issues. They must be held accountable through legislation and incentives or economic devastation will happen in Manitoba.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Benefits

    Wetlants have many uses on the prairie such as water transport and recharging water.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Policies and Incentives

    When wetlands are drained habitats are ruined, the legislature wants this to stop so they will give farmers compensation to keep wetlands on their land. They will also set up policies to make it illegal to destroy wetlands.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Issues

    In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, farmers and developers would like to gain more acreage on their lands. In order to accomplish this they drain many sloughs or water sources. This not only effects their land, but effects the land downstream, leaving some unfarmable.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wetlands: The Drain Game | Economic Impact

    Farmers have slowly drained the wetlands on their lands, over the last 35 years, as the equipment has gotten bigger. Farming tends to be done is straight rows and small patches of wetlands on land makes it difficult to do this. It effects wildlife and where the water is stored.

    Grades: 5-12

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