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The Creation Of The American Prairie Reserve

Claire Harbage
Bison graze in northeastern Montana.

The American Prairie Reserve’s goal is to create a wildlife conservation area on approximately 3.2 million acres of land in northeastern Montana, with the aim of reviving the land’s ecosystem. If this group of wealthy investors finds a way around their problems, the country may see the creation of what some people are calling the next Yellowstone.

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The American Prairie Reserve aims to create a privately-funded wildlife conservation area on approximately 3.2 million acres of land in northeastern Montana. Consisting of a group of wealthy investors who have lost faith in the federal government’s ability to save America’s wildlands, the American Prairie Reserve is hoping to revive this part of the Great Plains to an ecosystem that predates the arrival of its early white settlers. It’s a daunting task that has its opponents, namely the ranchers that have been living on that land for years.

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  • Nate Hegyi, KUER-based Utah reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau 
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.