Star Tribune highlights link between pheasant decline and farming

Pheasant populations are declining in Minnesota and beyond, in part due to conservation lands being lost to the plow. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)

The Star Tribune recently published an in-depth article that highlights the link between declining pheasant populations and agricultural cultivation.

As Minnesota farmers have pulled acres out of conservation programs in the last decade, the state has lost about 1,200 square miles of protected land — an area the size of Rhode Island.

The habitat, water quality and climate implications are, as FMR’s Water Program Director Trevor Russell put it in the article, “…A completely predictable tragedy.”

You can read the full Star Tribune article here

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