Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!
Red Feather Lounge / Bittercreek Alehouse
It seems unlikely that a prairie habitat in Eastern Idaho would serve as a hotspot for nesting shorebirds. But at The Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch Preserve, the long-billed curlew makes its home, nurtured by rotational grazing practices.
Loss of habitat over time has threatened curlew populations. But on the Flat Ranch curlew numbers have stayed high - the ranch has one of the highest populations of nesting and brooding long-billed curlew in Idaho, thanks partly to sustainable methods of agriculture that promote their beneficial grassland habitats.
What began as a pilot project to make some small operational changes on an Idaho barley farm has since saved more than 300 million gallons of water (and counting) in the Wood River Valley.
In 2009 The Nature Conservancy in Idaho began collaborating with brewing company MillerCoors to help barley farmers move toward more sustainable agriculture.
Over the past four years, the project has grown from sustainable agricultural practices on a 320-acre farm to the implementation of conservation practices on more than 6,000 acres with four farmers! This year the Conservancy is also working with these partners to restore over 500 acres of wetlands, reconnect fish passage on a tributary creek, and save water and energy in farming operations.