This American Land

This American Land

2011 - 2017, Nature / Wildlife
Protecting America's natural heritage for the future.

Episode Guide

  • This American Land - Irrigation Revival; Partnerships for National Parks; Gulf Coast Fishing (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Irrigation Revival; Partnerships for National Parks; Gulf Coast Fishing

    The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona; public-private partnerships in national parks save taxpayer money; charter boat captains on the Gulf Coast adopt new practices that provide them with more income and safety.

  • This American Land - Farmland Runoff; Maintaining National Parks; Rafting Through a Monument (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Farmland Runoff; Maintaining National Parks; Rafting Through a Monument

    Fertilizer nutrients from Midwest farmlands travel downstream in the Mississippi River basin; backlog of deferred maintenance in national parks; rafting down the river through Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.

  • This American Land - Forest Homes for Bats; Defenses Against Flooding; Prescribed Fires (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Forest Homes for Bats; Defenses Against Flooding; Prescribed Fires

    Forest habitat for bats in Pennsylvania; natural solutions to flood mitigation in St. Louis; managing forest plantations in Florida; efforts to make commercial forests more productive and sustainable.

  • This American Land - Wyoming Wilderness; Rising Sea Levels; Managing National Forests (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Wyoming Wilderness; Rising Sea Levels; Managing National Forests

    Protecting wilderness study areas in Wyoming; residents of Norfolk, Va., defend their neighborhoods from rising sea levels; the future of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina; studying the lives of pygmy rabbits in Idaho.

  • This American Land - Restoring River Flows; Welcome Back Monarchs (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Restoring River Flows; Welcome Back Monarchs

    Managing irrigation demand in the upper Colorado River Basin; removing invasive cedars and reviving prairie habitat for monarch butterflies in Oklahoma; studying lizards in New Mexico to learn how changing habitats influence evolution.

  • This American Land - This American Land (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    This American Land

    California residents protect and restore wild public lands and rivers; restoring grassland habitat for the bobwhite quail; local groups in Idaho support a federal wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area.

  • This American Land - This American Land (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    This American Land

    Kalmiopsis Wilderness in southern Oregon; changes in cropland management in Kansas may aid in the survival of wild species; Gunnison County in Colorado; scientists reveal a dangerous chemical in the water pipes in North Carolina.

  • This American Land - This American Land (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    This American Land

    Mountain range in southern Arizona provides a home for a military base; decline of bobwhite quail in Kentucky; private landowners in Arkansas supply a growing market for sustainable wood products; wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

  • This American Land - This American Land (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    This American Land

    Protecting the Chenier Plain, a wildlife-rich wetland on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana; cattle and bobwhite quail coexist in south Texas; George Washington National Forest.

  • This American Land - This American Land (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    This American Land

    The evolution of the Bureau of Land Management; saving the bobwhite quail in South Carolina; expanding the Pecos Wilderness; how butterflies sip nectar.

  • This American Land - California's Coastal Wilderness; Cleaning the Gulf; Little Blue -- A Broken Promise (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    California's Coastal Wilderness; Cleaning the Gulf; Little Blue -- A Broken Promise

    A bill designates permanent protection of public lands in Los Padres National Forest; Louisiana farmers add cover crops and rotational practices to improve soil health; coal ash poisons drinking water in West Virginia.

  • This American Land - Unity for the Whitefish Range; Boosting Organics; Pesticide Lake (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Unity for the Whitefish Range; Boosting Organics; Pesticide Lake

    A campaign for permanent protection of forests, watersheds and wildlife habitat in Montana; growing crops organically; effect of pesticides.

  • This American Land - Hogs on the Buffalo; Farming the Upstream; Reborn to Be Rewild (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Hogs on the Buffalo; Farming the Upstream; Reborn to Be Rewild

    Citizens raise concern over waste from an industrial hog farm; preventing runoff of chemicals that could pollute the Mississippi River; bison in Montana.

  • This American Land - Protecting Bristol Bay; A Billion Oysters; Dryden, N.Y. -- A Town That Stopped Fracking; Just the Facts on Fracking (Science Nation) (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Protecting Bristol Bay; A Billion Oysters; Dryden, N.Y. -- A Town That Stopped Fracking; Just the Facts on Fracking (Science Nation)

    Protecting the southeast Bering Sea's seafood harvests; students restore oyster beds in New York Harbor; grassroots campaign to ban fracking in Dryden, N.Y.

  • This American Land - America's Wildest Secret; Sage Advice for Sage Lands; An Ill Wind; Protecting a Secretive Cat (Science Nation) (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    America's Wildest Secret; Sage Advice for Sage Lands; An Ill Wind; Protecting a Secretive Cat (Science Nation)

    Rafting down the Etivluk River in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve; the western sagebrush habitat; coal ash sickens residents of the Moapa River Indian Reservation.

  • This American Land - Fish Lifts for River Herring; Biofuel Start-ups; Fabulous Fungi; Prickly Pear Cactus for Clean Water (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Fish Lifts for River Herring; Biofuel Start-ups; Fabulous Fungi; Prickly Pear Cactus for Clean Water

    Fish lifts enable herring to swim up Rhode Island's Saugatucket River to spawn; renewable sources of energy; students on Orcas Island keep their water clean.

  • This American Land - Seamount of Life; Arctic Traffic; Altamaha River Pollution; Diatoms and Climate Change (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Seamount of Life; Arctic Traffic; Altamaha River Pollution; Diatoms and Climate Change

    Spawning aggregation sites are impacted by overfishing; protecting the Arctic; a pulp mill on the Altamaha River may be polluting the water; researchers in Greenland study fossilized microscopic algae in lake sediments.

  • This American Land - Wilderness Anniversary; Arkansas Oil Pipeline; Climbing Fish (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Wilderness Anniversary; Arkansas Oil Pipeline; Climbing Fish

    The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act; 2013 oil pipeline rupture in Mayflower, Ark.; goby fish in Hawaii.

  • This American Land - Owyhee Canyonlands; Sustainable Alaskan Village; Algae Power; Fungi Fuel (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Owyhee Canyonlands; Sustainable Alaskan Village; Algae Power; Fungi Fuel

    Campaign to protect the canyon landscape around the Owyhee River; sustainable living in Alaska; converting algae into useful products; fungi and bacteria that can be converted into a diesellike fuel.

  • This American Land - Forage Fish; Wild Olympics; Biofuel From Cornfield Residue; Fire Ants (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Forage Fish; Wild Olympics; Biofuel From Cornfield Residue; Fire Ants

    Forage fish are vital to the growth of larger species; legislation calls for more protection of Washington's Olympic National Park; residue left on the ground after corn is harvested could be converted to ethanol.

  • This American Land - Precious Sierra Water; Nevada Wilderness; Rallying to Save a Watershed (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Precious Sierra Water; Nevada Wilderness; Rallying to Save a Watershed

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service assists communities with water quality and quantity; long-term conservation plan for the Hermosa Creek Watershed.

  • This American Land - Backyard Wilderness; Switchgrass Biofuel; Restoring Native Plants (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Backyard Wilderness; Switchgrass Biofuel; Restoring Native Plants

    Farmers in Iowa and Tennessee grow switchgrass, sorghum and miscanthus as renewable fuel sources; students learn about protecting native plants; powerful tools help to restore water and wildlife following wildfires.

  • This American Land - Navajo Conservation; Brokeoff Mountains; Bycatch Survival (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Navajo Conservation; Brokeoff Mountains; Bycatch Survival

    The Navajo Nation in Utah sponsors a proposal for a national conservation area to preserve Cedar Mesa; device may increase the survival rate of fish caught as bycatch by sport fishermen.

  • This American Land - Prairie Chickens and Bog Turtles; Watershed Filtering; Bycatch Survival (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Prairie Chickens and Bog Turtles; Watershed Filtering; Bycatch Survival

    Improving grassland habitat for prairie chickens and cattle; protecting wetland habitat for bog turtles; device may increase the survival rate of fish caught as bycatch by sport fishermen.

  • This American Land - Artificial Bat Cave; Rocky Mountain Gas; Backpacking With Llamas (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Artificial Bat Cave; Rocky Mountain Gas; Backpacking With Llamas

    A man-made bat cave helps slow the spread of white nose fungus; residents push for more regulation of fracking; backpacking through Oregon with llamas.

  • This American Land - Critical Aquifer; Trout in the Classroom; Grizzlies Return; Dragonflies (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Critical Aquifer; Trout in the Classroom; Grizzlies Return; Dragonflies

    The Ogallala Aquifer holds prehistoric water reserves; students in the Sierras in California release fish in an approved trout stream.

  • This American Land - Future Conservation Leaders; Natural Resources Revival; Fight for Frogs; Amazing Monarch Journey (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Future Conservation Leaders; Natural Resources Revival; Fight for Frogs; Amazing Monarch Journey

    Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future; a county in Oregon uses natural resources; gopher frog.

  • This American Land - Rio Grande del Norte; Climate Adaptation; Flying Aces of the Insect World; Peel Watershed; Indigo Snakes (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Rio Grande del Norte; Climate Adaptation; Flying Aces of the Insect World; Peel Watershed; Indigo Snakes

    The Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area; wind turbine projects in New Mexico; researchers get aircraft design ideas from four-winged insects.

  • This American Land - Idaho Wilderness; Loggerhead Turtles; Sandfish Lizard; Wrangling Water (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Idaho Wilderness; Loggerhead Turtles; Sandfish Lizard; Wrangling Water

    Efforts to protect Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds Mountains; loggerhead turtles; sandfish of the Sahara Desert.

  • This American Land - Montana Wilderness; Bald Eagle Recovery; Lionfish Derby; Crocodile Man (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Montana Wilderness; Bald Eagle Recovery; Lionfish Derby; Crocodile Man

    Protecting Montana wilderness; bald eagles; controlling lionfish.

  • This American Land - Arctic White Geese; Veterans in the Great Outdoors; Tracking a Coral Killer (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Arctic White Geese; Veterans in the Great Outdoors; Tracking a Coral Killer

    Thousands of snow geese and Ross' geese stop in Oregon on their way to the Arctic; veterans adventure down the Colorado River.

  • This American Land - Digging for Dinosaurs; Sonoran Desert Protection; Swamp People (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Digging for Dinosaurs; Sonoran Desert Protection; Swamp People

    Scientists identify new species of dinosaurs and other reptiles in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah; Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

  • This American Land - Beaver Builders; Wrangling Water; Body Electric; Census in the Smokies (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Beaver Builders; Wrangling Water; Body Electric; Census in the Smokies

    Beaver dams help create healthier streams and rivers; storing water; electric knifefish.

  • This American Land - Canyon Mysteries; Ailing Alligators; Lights, Camera, Photosynthesis; Wild Horses (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Canyon Mysteries; Ailing Alligators; Lights, Camera, Photosynthesis; Wild Horses

    Cloudland Canyon and Providence Canyon in Georgia; alligators in Lake Apopka in central Florida; tracking corn plants with photos.

  • This American Land - Bison Homecoming; Preserving Tribal Languages; Peregrine Protection; Soaring With Paragliders (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Bison Homecoming; Preserving Tribal Languages; Peregrine Protection; Soaring With Paragliders

    Restoring the American Prairie Reserve in northern Montana; preserving the Ojibwe language; peregrine falcons.

  • This American Land - Fiddler Crabs; Disappearing Chincoteague; California Desert; Hurricane Sleuth (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Fiddler Crabs; Disappearing Chincoteague; California Desert; Hurricane Sleuth

    Digging and mating rituals of fiddler crabs; Virginia's Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge; Death Valley in California.

  • This American Land - Ferrets and Prairie Dogs; Hidden Gems; Follow the Water; Island Fires (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Ferrets and Prairie Dogs; Hidden Gems; Follow the Water; Island Fires

    The black-footed ferret; the Hidden Gems of the Rocky Mountains; researchers document the flow of water.

  • This American Land - Wolverines; Desert Wilderness; Military Base Makeover (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Wolverines; Desert Wilderness; Military Base Makeover

    Wolverines make a slow comeback; Fort Ord, Calif., attracts hikers, mountain bikers and researchers; Friends of Gold Butte in Nevada work to add the highest federal protection to the region.

  • This American Land - Critical Colorado; Checkups for Manatees; Appalachian Forests (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Critical Colorado; Checkups for Manatees; Appalachian Forests

    The Colorado River brings drinking water, irrigation and recreation to millions of people in the West; a congressional designation may protect Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest from development; swimming with manatees; removing dams.

  • This American Land - Alaska's Offshore Oil; Native Inupiats; Gulf Spill Impact (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Alaska's Offshore Oil; Native Inupiats; Gulf Spill Impact

    Offshore oil drilling off Alaska's Arctic Coast; oil drilling affects Inupiats who depend on subsistence hunting and fishing; deep ocean submersible studies the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • This American Land - Space Coast Ecology; California Condors; Green Roofs (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Space Coast Ecology; California Condors; Green Roofs

    Central Florida's Space Coast; Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge; California condors face poisoning by lead bullets; green roofs in big cities help cool things off and recycle water.

  • This American Land - Bison Recovery, Buffalo and the Crow Nation, Indian Hand Talk (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Bison Recovery, Buffalo and the Crow Nation, Indian Hand Talk

    Bison herds and tallgrass prairie conservation; ranchers and restaurants create a market demand for bison; hand signing.

  • This American Land - Running Camp; Uranium Mining; Drowning Smith Island (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Running Camp; Uranium Mining; Drowning Smith Island

    Running camp at Steens Mountain in Oregon; residents object efforts to mine uranium in New Mexico; climate change could force residents out of Smith Island.

  • This American Land - Grand Staircase; Port Pollution; Gas Drilling Supports Conservation (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Grand Staircase; Port Pollution; Gas Drilling Supports Conservation

    New dinosaur species found at Grand Staircase Escalante Monument in Utah and Arizona; decades of shipbuilding leaves toxins in the water around San Diego; fund preserves migratory pathways in Wyoming.

  • This American Land - Montana Legacy; Tree Rings; Perennial Grain Crops (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    Montana Legacy; Tree Rings; Perennial Grain Crops

    Saving wildlife habitat in Montana; perennial food crops offer greater food security in harsh climates; bike race at the Colorado National Monument; natural retreat minutes from Washington, D.C.

  • This American Land - Florida Panthers; Smoky Mountains; Rock Creek Wilderness (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Florida Panthers; Smoky Mountains; Rock Creek Wilderness

    Arizona's San Pedro River faces threats from development; saving Florida panthers from extinction; Rock Creek area of the Bighorn Mountains; water analysis; growing winter vegetables in the Rockies.

  • This American Land - Badlands; Haven for Hawks; Dying Hemlocks (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Badlands; Haven for Hawks; Dying Hemlocks

    Restoring a desert wilderness in Oregon; protecting a mining-scarred landscape in Colorado's San Juan Range; loggerhead turtles; raptors; invasive insects destroy hemlock trees; a bald eagle survives a highway crash.

  • This American Land - Invading Crayfish; Underwater Robot; Grizzly Destroyers (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Invading Crayfish; Underwater Robot; Grizzly Destroyers

    Protecting the Cascadia Marine Trail along Washington's coastline; dead zones off the Pacific coast; using crawfish for science experiments; a landfill serves as a solar-power station.

  • This American Land - Rescuing Amphibians; Yellowstone Snowmobiles; Saltwater Fishing (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Rescuing Amphibians; Yellowstone Snowmobiles; Saltwater Fishing

    A new program recruits teenagers for careers with the National Park Service; rescuing endangered frogs, toads and salamanders from a fungal disease; snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park; saltwater fishermen in Georgia.

  • This American Land - Cattle Rustling; Bats; Colorado River (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Cattle Rustling; Bats; Colorado River

    Natural sights in Las Vegas; bats; the Colorado River.

  • This American Land - Snowy River Cave; Conservation Dogs; Underwater Oklahoma (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Snowy River Cave; Conservation Dogs; Underwater Oklahoma

    Natural formations below a New Mexico recreation area; GPS technology helps endangered bighorn sheep; saving rare plants; extracting fossil fuels; scuba diving.

  • This American Land - Whitewater; Wading Birds; Wildlife Brigades (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Whitewater; Wading Birds; Wildlife Brigades

    Colorado; wading birds face new threats; the National Park Service keeps humans and wildlife at a safe distance.