Ask The Expert: Saving America’s Grasslands Q&A with Dr. Dirac Twidwell

Dr. Dirac Twidwell is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska and serves as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Science Advisor.

What are the biggest threats facing America’s grasslands and landowners in the Great Plains?

The two biggest threats facing America’s grasslands are industrialization, coupled with commercial row-crop agriculture, and afforestation or planting trees in treeless ecosystems, which leads to woody encroachment. As trees spread and become denser, they reduce water supplies, decrease forage for livestock and wildlife, and cause hotter, harder-to-control wildfires. READ MORE

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