For more than a decade, Nicole Rosmarino has worked as an advocate dedicated to the conservation of native species and their habitats. Since August, she has directed the Southern Plains Land Trust, which has established a network of short-grass prairie reserves and promotes respect for the region's ecosystems. The trust purchases land as habitat for plants and animals whose living space is dwindling due to farming, ranching, and urban development. Nicole oversees many aspects of the trust, including fund raising, land acquisition, and land restoration. In 2001, she began working for WildEarth Guardians, ultimately serving as wildlife program director. Her time at the environmental organization culminated in May 2011 with what she considers her most significant achievement-reaching an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to obtain federal protection decisions for 250 plant and animal species that have waited decades to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The deal requires USFWS to determine within the next five years which species to list, and whether more than 600 other species will become candidates for listing. Rosmarino's recent switch to the Southern Plains Land Trust has brought her career full circle. She helped found the trust in 1998 when she, her sister Bettina Rosmarino, and colleague Lauren McCain purchased 1,280 acres of prairie after learning about the plight of the black-tailed prairie dog, whose population had fallen to 2 percent of historic numbers. Today, the trust's network includes almost three times as much land, and certain species of flowers have been seen blooming on it for the first time in decades.
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- A10. Tales of Borrowing Money
October 18, 2019
10:30 AM - Noon