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Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Red River Land

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The first settlers came mostly to the area called Forks in Winnipeg, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers come together. Glacial Lake Agassiz retreated, leaving fertile soils in the Red River Valley, which was good for agriculture.

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

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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.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: The Role of Markets | Carbon Sequestration in Developed Economies

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In this clip, students will learn about reducing the carbon footprint of existing infrastructure.

Mother Nature in Charge | Promises Made, Promises Broken

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A former resident of Devils Lake, Harriet Horner-Larson, has had to burn one lakefront home and leave another on higher ground due to the rising water. Her frustration concerning the lack of progress towards a solution is evident in her voice.

Mother Nature in Charge | Construction Boom

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Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, has seen some positives amidst all of the flooding. Construction to build up roads has brought jobs to the area and tourism has increased around the lake as the fishing has improved.

Mother Nature in Charge | Empathy Without Answers

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With farming in his heritage, Mr. Frith understands the frustration the farmers in his region are going through, but he has no answers to give them.

Mother Nature in Charge | Losing Faith

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By nature farmers are optimists, so Dan Webster tries to hang on to the hope that the situation will get better.

Mother Nature in Charge | Geography of Devils Lake Basin

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Dr. Allan Ashworth of the North Dakota State University Geology Department explains how glacial movements following the last ice age formed the Devils Lake Basin.

Mother Nature in Charge | Flooded Land

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Devils Lake area farmer, Dan Webster, has lost more than 5,000 acres due to the flood and had to burn his family original farmstead. He speaks about his family’s situation with raw emotion.

America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Balancing Grassland Preservation and Agriculture

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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.

Mother Nature in Charge | Long Commutes

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Clarence Greene, roads superintendent for the Spirit Lake Reservation, has to drive great distances to get to job sites because roads are under several feet of water. He has seen many family farms flooded out, farms that have been passed from one generation to the next, leaving no legacy or livelihood for this generation.

Mother Nature in Charge | Geographical Outlets

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NDSU geology professor, Dr. Allan Ashworth discusses natural outlets for the Devils Lake basin; most notably the Sheyenne River.

Mother Nature in Charge | Lee Gessner

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Lee Gessner is a farmer near Penn, ND, who worries if the water has risen while he sleeps each night. While he is frustrated by the situation he does understand that Mother Nature is the one in charge and that he must learn to adapt to her wishes.

Mother Nature in Charge | When the Water Came

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Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, explains how the flooding of Devils Lake began in 1993 with some areas of the basin getting nearly thirty inches of rain that year. The fall of 2008 through the spring of 2009 brought more rain and snow, causing a dramatic rise in the lake. Frith explains the amount acreage lost and the economic losses of the past year.

America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Our Least Appreciated and Most Threatened Biome

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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.

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