American Prairie

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The Eco-Cowboys: Big land buys signal greens are moving into ranching

"We believe you can do more for conservation with money than without money," says Michael Ford, southwest director for the Arlington, Va.-based Conservation Fund. "We believe we’ve helped create a brand of conservationism that engages all Americans. And you do that by involving the private sector – foundations, major corporations, etc. – as partners. There are other models that work, but we like this model and so do our partners.

Conservation groups, American Prairie Foundation and The Nature Conservancy get genetically ‘pure’ bison

"They’re an important tool for grassland conservation in this part of the world and are part of the original ecosystem,"

Idaho Prairie’s growing pains – Top architect says conservation plan needed for Prairie

"No plan has been put in place to channel future growth into areas that are most appropriate," he said. "We’re seeing rampant suburban-style growth, and that’s not the model we want. Suburban growth is synonymous with car-dependent cities and the disappearance of green space and quality of life as you know it in Post Falls."

Idaho Prairie’s growing pains – Top architect says conservation plan needed for Prairie

"No plan has been put in place to channel future growth into areas that are most appropriate," he said. "We’re seeing rampant suburban-style growth, and that’s not the model we want. Suburban growth is synonymous with car-dependent cities and the disappearance of green space and quality of life as you know it in Post Falls."

Too Many Homes on the Range

While the controversy and science surrounding the environmental impacts of grazing continues, 1000 Friends based this project on the premise that unfettered rural sprawl damages both ranching and the environment.

New plan for the Great Plains: Bring back the Pleistocene

Elephants roaming North Dakota? Free-range camels and lions a couple hours’ drive from Denver or Oklahoma City?

The Emptying Out of the Plains

“The Emptying Out of the Plains” doesn’t take positions on these issues, or point fingers, or advocate a master plan. It simply shows what‚s happening, sharing the joys and challenges of prairie life with its viewers.

Montana has 4 top sites for grasslands wildlife restoration, study says

"We want to promote these areas as great opportunities,” Proctor said.

Buffalo commons idea lingers – Making the Most of the American Prarie

Even Westerners aren’t as apt to scoff these days as population throughout the Great Plains continues to decline, just as they predicted.

Wealthy newcomers a dilemma for rural Montana Culture clash: A state promotional film seeks to ease the frictions with locals

”I can imagine how unsettling it is for Montanans, especially multigenerational Montanans, to see people come in and treat this like it’s some kind of suburban playground,” Roger Lang said from Sun Ranch