On conservation

Uprooting FDR’s “Great Wall of Trees” by Carson Vaughan

A killer piece on Nebraska tree shields by Carson Vaughan at the Food & Environment Reporting Network: 

“Surely the end was nigh. Up and down the Great Plains, from the Texas panhandle to the Dakota prairies, dust stripped the paint from their barns, the wheat from their fields, the money — what pitiful amount was left — from their pockets. ‘Today is just common hell, death and destruction to every growing thing,’ wrote Donald Hartwell, a Nebraska farmer, in his journal. ‘God in his infinite wisdom might have made a more discouraging place than Webster County, Nebraska, but so far as I know God never did.”…”

Read the full piece here:

Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees’