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Why do the ecological needs of a landscape matter? How does a landscape fulfill the social needs of people? How can a landscape provide for the economic needs of a community?

Working Landscape Let's face it, land is a limited resource. We count on it for everything. We grow our food on it. We build our houses on it. We travel across it for work, recreation, and just getting from Point A to Point B. The challenge we face is managing the land so it keeps working for us into the future. Explore More: Working Landscapes looks at the considerations it takes to blend all three of our ecological, economic, and social needs.

This site tells you the story of the Loess Hills of Western Iowa, gives you the problems surrounding working landscapes, and then takes a closer look to help you unravel the core issues. Take a look at and interact with the content. Discuss what you learn with other people, form your own opinion on the subjects, but always keep an open mind.

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Explore More: Working Landscapes
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The Loess Hills as a Working Landscape
"Unique and globally significant" - that is how the Loess Hills of western Iowa have been described. The 200-mile expanse of hills contains many distinctive ecosystems and vistas. More