Bison and rainbow at TNC's Cross Ranch preserve in North Dakota.
Brown Ranch Preserve Bison and rainbow at TNC's Cross Ranch preserve in North Dakota. © Richard Hamilton Smith

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[] [] [] [] [{"title":"Climate-Proofing Our Prairies","description":"We know that species diversity is critical to successful restoration work. But when it comes to grassland management, what we’re not talking about enough lies even further beneath the surface.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/stories-in-mn-nd-sd/climate-adaptation-prairies/","target":"_self","desktopImageCrop":"left-top","mobileImageCrop":"left-top","pageImageAlt":"Blazing star plants in a windy field.","articleDate":"Dec 20, 2020","articleAuthor":["Marissa Ahlering"],"contentTypeTag":"Science","geoLocationTag":["North Dakota","United States","South Dakota","Minnesota"],"topicTag":["collaboration","conservation work","prairie restoration","habitat restoration","science","climate science","biodiversity","grasslands","land conservation","climate resilience","climate change","genetics"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Minnesota","United States"],"businesstags_ids":["tnc:business-group/united-states/minnesota","tnc:business-group/united-states"],"pageImage":{"small":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=300&hei=225&scl=2.897777777777778","default":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=300&hei=225&scl=2.897777777777778","medium2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=800&hei=600&scl=1.0866666666666667","large":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=800&hei=600&scl=1.0866666666666667","small2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=600&hei=450&scl=1.448888888888889","medium":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=800&hei=600&scl=1.0866666666666667","large2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/MRCC140830_D023.jpg?crop=0,0,869,652&wid=1600&hei=1200&scl=0.5433333333333333"}},{"title":"Resilient and Connected Plains","description":"By protecting our most well-connected and resilient land and water networks in the Great Plains, we can save some of our most important wildlife.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/priority-landscapes/central-great-plains-grasslands/climate-resilient-lands/","target":"_self","desktopImageCrop":"left-top","mobileImageCrop":"left-top","pageImageAlt":"Grazing bison in the Loess Hills.","articleDate":"Oct 29, 2020","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Science","geoLocationTag":["Oklahoma","United States","South Dakota","Nebraska","Kansas","North Dakota","Arkansas","Minnesota","Iowa","Missouri","Texas"],"topicTag":["migration","wildlife conservation","conservation work","climate adaptation","climate change","habitat protection","habitat restoration","climate resilience","climate science","science"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Central Great Plains"],"businesstags_ids":["tnc:business-group/central-great-plains"],"pageImage":{"small":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1759,1320&wid=300&hei=225&scl=5.866666666666666","default":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1759,1320&wid=300&hei=225&scl=5.866666666666666","medium2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1760,1320&wid=800&hei=600&scl=2.2","large":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1760,1320&wid=800&hei=600&scl=2.2","small2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1759,1320&wid=600&hei=450&scl=2.933333333333333","medium":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1760,1320&wid=800&hei=600&scl=2.2","large2x":"https://natureconservancy-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/photos/tnc_20458283.jpg?crop=0,0,1760,1320&wid=1600&hei=1200&scl=1.1"}},{"title":"Anything But Plain","description":"Some call this flyover country... 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Year in Review: Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota","description":"While 2020 has no doubt been an exceptionally challenging year, there is much to celebrate when it comes to protecting nature and preserving life.","link":"https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/stories-in-mn-nd-sd/minnesota-north-dakota-south-dakota-conservation-year-in-review/","target":"_self","hideArticleDate":"true","desktopImageCrop":"center-middle","mobileImageCrop":"center-middle","pageImageAlt":"Bison gather in the Conata Basin at sunset.","articleDate":"Dec 23, 2019","articleAuthor":null,"contentTypeTag":"Conservation Update","geoLocationTag":["North Dakota","United States","South Dakota","Minnesota"],"topicTag":["wildlife conservation","conservation work","sustainable agriculture","agriculture","policy","land conservation"],"placesWeProtectTag":[],"businesstags":["Minnesota","United 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