Rolling acres of grassland used to stretch across the U.S. Historically the shortgrass, mixed-grass and tallgrass prairies covered about one-fifth of North America. Today, much of the historic range of grasslands has been lost, but grasslands continue to provide rich habitats for birds, fish mammals, insects and plants as well as key ecosystem services, such as capture of carbon and water. Learn about this ecosystem and how scientists, citizens, local ranchers and farmers are working together to manage and conserve this important habitat. 

CLICK HERE to watch GrasslandsLIVE a live distance learning adventure from Pawnee National Grassland held on May 17, 2017. Learn about this ecosystem and how scientists, citizens, and local ranchers are working together to manage and conserve this important habitat.

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CLIC AQUÍ para ver una transmisión por Internet desde los Pawnee National Grassland en Colorado.

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What are grassland ecosystem services?
The health and well-being of human populations depend on the services provided by ecosystems and their components: the organisms, soil, water, and nutrients. Ecosystem Services are the process by which the environment produces resources such as clean water, forage, and range; habitat for wildlife; and pollination of native and agricultural plants.   National grassland ecosystems provide services that: Disperse seeds  Mitigate drought and floods Cycle and move nutrients Detoxify and decompose waste  Control agricultural pests ...

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