Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead

Jerry Doan walks through grasslands next to a wetland he restored on his land near Sterling, N.D., on Friday, June 21, 2019. Doan, whose grandfather homesteaded in what was then the Dakota Territory in 1882, and his family have expanded the Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie, North Dakota to embrace tourism, including guided hunts for the waterfowl that have earned the prairie pothole region a nickname as North America's "duck factory." "Some folks tend to think we've have to get rid of every wetland, every tree, and wildlife is a nuisance, so get rid of it all so we can farm from here to California and not worry about it," Doan said. "I wish I'd known what I know now 30 years ago....We've made our own (wetlands) that not only helps us for livestock, but nesting (for waterfowl)."

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