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Profiling Conservation Successes in North Dakota

NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Below is a sampling of conservation success stories from right here in North Dakota.

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Bismarck Soil Survey Staff Completes Order 2 Soil Survey of Reclaimed Mine Lands

The Bismarck Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) staff recently completed Order 2 soil survey of reclaimed mine land.  North Dakota contains some of the largest deposits of lignite coal within the United States. Continue reading...

Growing Big Sage in the Plant Materials Center, NRCS, in Bismarck, ND (NRCS photo)Planting Wyoming Big Sage on Brooks Ranch Enhances Sage Grouse Habitat

Local ranchers like Rob Brooks are working together with local, state, and federal agencies to restore sage grouse habitat by planting Wyoming big sage, Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis, on private lands. Continue reading...

SGI Story PhotoSage Grouse Initiative Protects Native Species

Rob Timm is a young and ambitious land steward who operates a ranch in Southwestern North Dakota. Throughout his life, he has demonstrated a passion for the land, his cattle, local wildlife, and the lifestyle of a rancher. Continue reading...

Garden PhotoMenoken Farm: Demonstrating Conservation and Educating the Public

Most agricultural soils in the United States are currently in a stare of poor health - showing symptoms of erosion, water runoff, nutrient lass, drought and fertility. Fortunately, soil health can be restored through proper management. Continue reading...

Envirothon PictureStudents Learn the Value of Conservation

As I walk up to a large storage shed near the shore of Lake Darling on a windy (North Dakota windy!) September morning, I expect to see teenage kids huddled together - in near silence - attempting with all their might to keep warm. Continue reading...

Water Bank PhotoWater Bank Program Offers Conservation Assistance

The natural world, in addition to offering much splendor and beauty, can sometimes leave people feeling helpless due to its unpredictable nature. The Devils Lake Basin serves as an example of nature's (sometimes) irregular and disparaging ways. Continue reading...

Soil Health Brown Preview PicND Profile in Soil Health

Unleashing the power of diversity: The more diverse the crops and pastures become on Gabe and Shelly Brown's ranch, the more successful they become. Continue reading...