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CBS4, KCNC-TV, and GrasslandsLIVE Partners Win Highest Honor From

U.S.D.A. Forest Service—The Chief’s Award


December 7, 2017—Washington D.C. —GrasslandsLIVE, brought to you in part by Whiting Petroleum Corporation, CBS4–KCNC-TV, the U.S.D.A Forest Service, the Prince William Network and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies was just awarded the highest honor given by the U.S.D.A Forest Service—The Chief’s Award at a ceremony that took place in the Washington D.C. national headquarters on December 7, 2017.

“We are so pleased to receive this national honor,” CBS4 General Manager Walt DeHaven said. “As part of CBS4’s commitment to covering Colorado FIRST, we essentially constructed a remote television station on the Pawnee National Grassland and worked with a team of 66 partners to develop and broadcast the webcast in English and in Spanish.”

GrasslandsLIVE served as a free virtual field trip and distance learning program for students, teachers and people interested in the environment and wildlife of North America’s grasslands. It was webcast live from the Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado and hosted by CBS4 meteorologist Dave Aguilera on May 17, 2017.  The show is still available to watch at and will air on CBS4, KCNC-TV, at 5 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2017.

More than 50,000 viewers accessed the live webcast on May 17, 2017 and this included more than 100,000 students in classrooms around the world. On the show, scientists showcased information on birds and animals that depend on grasslands, citizen science activities, details on the importance of conservation and management of grasslands and the connection between grasslands in North and South America.

To watch GrasslandsLIVE, visit  For more information on the Chief’s Award, watch and for additional resources on grasslands, visit

About Grasslands: National Grasslands are rich in mineral, oil, and gas resources. They also provide diverse recreational uses, such as mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, bird watching, and sightseeing. Fossils, prehistoric and historic resources as well as many cultural sites, are being discovered. Grassland areas are known by different names throughout the world including grasslands, prairie, savanna and scrublands. They can look desolate, generally containing few or no trees, except in areas along rivers and streams, but they are vibrant ecosystems that provide habitat for birds, fish, mammals, insects, and plants as well as key ecosystem services such as capture of carbon and water. Many migratory bird species use grasslands for breeding, wintering, and as stopover sites. Grasslands throughout the United States and Western Hemisphere are among the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

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