Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild

News Release Date: 
August 20, 2014

Editor’s Note: Color photographs for promotion of this program are available electronically by contacting Larry Kubert at the phone number or e-mail address  listed at the bottom of the release.

For Immediate Release
“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” Returns to NET Television


“I’ve learned that pretty pictures can be a trap, because they don’t always show you what is happening just outside the frame.”

Michael Forsberg,photographer

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 20, 2014) -- “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild,” NET Television’s documentary following nationally-acclaimed photographer Michael Forsberg as he examines what wildness remains in the 11 states that comprise the Great Plains, returns to the national PBS schedule in September.

Featuring brilliant and stunning imagery, and based on Forsberg’s book of the same name, the documentary airs in two parts on consecutive Wednesdays at 7 p.m. CT on NET1. “A Long Hard Struggle” airs Sept. 3, with “We Live with the Land” airing Sept. 10.

Millions of bison, elk, pronghorn and deer, vast prairie dog towns, top predators like plains grizzlies and prairie wolves, and massive migrations of birds and fish were common for the Great Plains.  But as America grew, the land was settled and tamed, and in the blink of an eye most of the wildness was gone. 

Covering the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem, home to a variety of wildlife and habitats. In “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild,” Forsberg tries to put a face on the wildlife and native landscapes that still remain, exploring the condition of the plains ecosystem today.

North Dakota’s Missouri Coteau is the breeding ground for more than half of North America’s ducks. Texas’ playa wetlands sustain insects, mammals, birds and reptiles. Large herds of elk and pronghorn live on the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. Bison roam on vast tracts of land in South Dakota. And in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas, native prairies are being restored, one small patch at a time.

Nebraska segments highlight the Platte River Valley in south central Nebraska where over half a million Sandhill cranes make their way through a 50-mile stretch on their spring migration. And, along the central Platte Valley near Aurora, Nebraska, a group of land stewards have spent decades restoring the prairie.

“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild,” funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, is a co-production of NET Television and Michael Forsberg Photography.

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or

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