"Outstanding original research, excellent personalization of the stories, excellent use of natural sound, and interesting interviews to clarify each story ... Exactly what enterprising radio journalism should be ... Each piece was entertaining and together formed a series on land-use conflicts not often reported on by the media." Those are the words of high praise for David Baron and the National Public Radio series Shifting Ground, an exploration of land use in America, which won the first-place award for best in-depth radio reporting in the 2008-2009 Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment, according to the SEJ awards announcement. In the series, which the Lincoln Institute supported, Baron, the independent producer for NPR 's All Things Considered, looks at conflicts and tensions concernign land use, growth, and development, but also relates stories of innovation and progress: a Nevada community rallying to preserve its rural character in the face of suburban sprawl, a tussle over conservation easements in Wyoming, the local perspective on a large wind farm in upstate New York, erosion on the Texas coastline, and what the public sees on the land beside the road in Florida. The Lincoln Institute provided support for the series and made resources on land use available, through the Department of Planning and Urban Form. The series was also made possible by support from The Orton Family Foundation, based in Middlebury, Vermont. The Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment is the world's largest and most comprehensive awards program for journalism on environmental topics. Pollution near schools, longwall mining, biological invaders, climate change, environment and heredity, predator tagging, and tar sands were among the topics being recognized, in 31 entries in 11 categories. Reporters, editors and journalism educators who served as contest judges reviewed over 187 entries to choose the finalists representing the best environmental reporting in print and on television, radio, the Internet and in student publications.