Great Plains

Great Plains Grassland Loss Slows Overall, While South Dakota Conversion on the Rise

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WASHINGTON, August 28, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Last year, 1.7 million acres of grasslands were lost across the Great Plains to crop production, according to new research from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). While stark, this number represents an overall decrease in conversion from 2016, with 800,000 less acres plowed, benefiting the critical ecosystems, wildlife habitat, and rural communities who rely on these intact grasslands. However, the region of South Dakota that was once hit hardest by the Dust Bowl has experienced a dramatic increase in plow-up over the past year.

Loss of Great Plains Grasslands Puts Critical Ecosystems at Risk

2.5 Million Acres Converted to Cropland Between 2015 and 2016
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WASHINGTON, October 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Great Plains lost about 2.5 million acres of previously intact grassland to crop production between 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Across the US and Canada, the loss of grasslands undermines soil health and degrades water quality for downstream communities, while threatening iconic species, including songbirds and water-associated birds, and is driving the decline in the region’s native pollinators.

America’s Great Plains Lost More Habitat in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon: WWF Report

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November 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In 2014 the Great Plains lost more acres of grasslands than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Fifty-three million acres of America’s Great Plains have been lost since 2009, threatening important and iconic species like grasslands songbirds, the monarch butterfly, and native bumble bees.

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