Nature photographer Michael Forsberg examines the remaining "wildness" in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring stunning imagery, the program is based on Forsberg's book of the same name. Less than 200 years ago, the Great Plains was one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth, stretching nearly a million square miles down the heart of the continent. The prairie was a place of constant motion, shaped by an unforgiving cycle of the seasons. Huge numbers of bison, elk, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, prairie wolves and even grizzlies were common. There were massive migrations of birds and fish. But as America grew, and the land was settled and tamed, the wildness began disappearing. Today the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem, home to a variety of wildlife and habitats. In this documentary, Forsberg examines the wildlife and native landscapes that remain, exploring the current condition of the plains.
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We Live With The Land
This two-part documentary, based on the book of the same name by Nebraska photographer Michael Forsberg, examines the remaining "wildness" in the states that compose the Great Plains. The program captures the places and creatures that survive after 150 years of settlement, as well as the people who care for and preserve this fragile ecosystem. Featuring brilliant and stunning imagery, and based on Forsberg's book of the same name, Great Plains showcases the heart of our continent; from the stunning beauty and challenging weather of a canoe trip on the Montana's Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument, to South Dakota rancher Dan O'Brien's partnership with tribal groups to slaughter and market grass-fed bison, to Colorado rancher Duke Phillips' use of cattle grazing as a habitat conservation tool.