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.
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