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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

Mel Gibson Sells 45,000-Acre Montana Ranch to Neighbors on Handshake Deal; Price Undisclosed

"Pam and I were worried that if it got in the wrong hands, the valley would be subdivided and split up,"

The New Farmland Trend: Farms As Investments

The result: Here in the heart of the Corn Belt, a majority of the folks who own farmland are not themselves farmers.

Western unity – Groups usually on opposite sides of fence congregate to preserve the environment

Dan Kemmis, director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West, introduced the possibility of a "Western Congress," so new policy directions might be set by those with a future in the preservation of the West, rather than coming from the nation’s capitol.

I-25 land latest jewel for conservationist

"There is no other place in the state where an entire drainage area will have been protected if they pull this off," said Fielder, a Macy friend. "It’s really the next big thing in Colorado."