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  • American Prairie Public Bison Harvest Drawing

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie|May 15, 2024

    American Prairie is pleased to again offer an annual public bison harvest on its Sun Prairie property, with an added opportunity for five recipients to take a bison of any age. The bison harvest is in addition to the existing hunting opportunities American Prairie provides on its lands. This year, American Prairie is offering a total of 22 opportunities in the drawing, with most being awarded in such a way that gives preference to the people who live and work in Montana and the communities surrounding the conservation organization’s habitat b...

  • American Prairie Offering New Opportunities For "Any Age" Bison Harvest

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie|Jun 14, 2023

    American Prairie is pleased to again offer an annual public bison harvest on its Sun Prairie property, with a new opportunity for two recipients to take a bison of any age. The harvest is in addition to the hunting opportunities for a variety of wildlife species that are already available on American Prairie land. This year, American Prairie is offering a total of 20 opportunities, with most being awarded in such a way that gives preference to the people who live and work in Montana and the communities surrounding the Reserve. “We’re exc...

  • American Prairie Acquires Additional Habitat Rich Property in Phillips County

    Beth Saboe, Senior Public Relations Manager American Prairie|Apr 5, 2023

    American Prairie is pleased to announce the purchase of a wildlife and waterfowl rich property, located on the eastern border of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Phillips County. The 4,960-acre property comprises 3,075 deeded acres and 1,885 leased acres located south of Dodson, MT. Approximately 1,847 of the deeded acres are under a Conservation Easement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with the intention of protecting and promoting waterfowl habitat. In addition to Fort...

  • AMERICAN PRAIRIE ADDS OVER 3,400 ACRES IN 2022

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Dec 28, 2022

    American Prairie is pleased to announce the purchase of three separate parcels of land in 2022, which adds an additional 3,412 acres to its habitat base to date. These properties were all pieces of private land located within or adjacent to existing American Prairie-owned units. The conservation organization has acquired the following parcels: -760 acres in Timber Creek, in Valley County -1,080 acres in the 73, in Garfield County -1,572 acres in Dry Fork, in Phillips County The additional deeded acres increase American Prairie’s total size to 4...

  • AMERICAN PRAIRIE RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR BISON GRAZING PLAN

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie|Aug 10, 2022

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given American Prairie final approval to graze bison across 63,500 acres of federal public lands in Phillips County. This is the third time American Prairie has been authorized to modify federal grazing permits to allow bison to graze a portion of their historic range in north central Montana. The BLM has longstanding legal authority to change grazing permits to substitute different types of livestock for cattle, including bison. American Prairie’s CEO Alison Fox says the final record of decision (ROD) r...

  • LIVE ANIMAL EVENT AT AMERICAN PRAIRIE'S NATIONAL DISCOVERY CENTER

    Submitted by Beth Saboe, American Prairie|Jun 15, 2022

    American Prairie is pleased to announce an upcoming event in partnership with ZooMontana at the National Discovery Center in Lewistown. On Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm, educational staff from the Billings Zoo will be bringing a number of live animals to introduce our new program, "ECO-Critters." During this free event, visitors can explore multiple stations and learn about the natural world the animals live in and how they are cared for at the zoo. Visitors can also tour the NDC exhibits...

  • BLM Approves American Prairie Bison Grazing Application

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie|Apr 6, 2022

    After four years of thoughtful consideration and public input, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given approval of American Prairie’s application to graze bison across 63,500 acres of public lands in Phillips County. The BLM has the legal authority to issue grazing permits or leases and modify existing permits to substitute many different types of livestock for cattle, including bison. It has done this for decades in several states across the West, and in the case of American Prairie, the BLM has approved similar grazing modifications t...

  • AMERICAN PRAIRIE UNVEILS A NEW LOOK

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Sep 29, 2021

    Twenty years ago, our Montana-based organization launched with the unprecedented mission of restoring an entire prairie ecosystem on the Northern Great Plains of Montana. Since 2001, we have completed 32 land transactions and grown the habitat base to more than 420,000 acres. And soon we will open the National Discovery Center in Lewistown, Montana as a gathering place for the prairie's communities and visitors from around the country and world. As we look forward to our next 20 years, we are...

  • American Prairie opens more acres to Hunting

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Sep 1, 2021

    American Prairie is expanding public hunting opportunities on its deeded property for the 2021-2022 hunting season. The conservation organization is increasing public access by enrolling thousands of additional acres of its private land in the Block Management hunter access program managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). This move boosts the total inventory of property open to hunters to over 69,000 acres. In addition, American Prairie is pleased to announce 20 members of the public have drawn a bison harvest opportunity and 18 members...

  • BLM ADVANCES AMERICAN PRAIRIE'S BISON GRAZING APPLICATION

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Jul 14, 2021

    On July 1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) advanced American Prairie's modest request to graze bison on some public lands in Phillips County where they hold priority grazing privileges. The BLM's initial findings conclude that the proposed action will not have a significant environmental impact on the land and "will benefit local wildlife, improve land and water quality, and create new local jobs, all without impacting the value of the ranching economy." The BLM can issue grazing permits or...

  • APR Bison herd given clean bill of health

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Mar 24, 2021

    American Prairie is pleased to announce that once again no evidence of clinical disease was found in its bison herd. The animals were tested under the expanded protocols agreed to earlier this year with the Phillips County Conservation District, and as part of the agreement, the Montana-based nonprofit also shared the full results with the Conservation District board prior to its March 9, 2021 meeting. In January 2021, an adjustment board appointed by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation unanimously approved a new bison...

  • COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT RESOLVES BISON GRAZING DISPUTE

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Feb 17, 2021

    American Prairie Reserve, in collaboration with the Phillips County Conservation District, has announced the resolution of a dispute over a local bison grazing ordinance. This agreement represents a new milestone in American Prairie’s efforts to find common ground with local livestock producers. In October 2016, American Prairie requested a variance from Sections 7(1)(b) and 7(1)(e) of a Phillips County Bison Grazing ordinance, citing great practical difficulties and unnecessary hardship, as the conservation organization was already meeting a...

  • American Prairie Reserve increases public hunting access

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Jul 22, 2020

    American Prairie Reserve is pleased to expand public hunting opportunities on its deeded property for the fall 2020 season. The conservation organization is increasing public access in two ways, through enrolling more of its private land in the Block Management hunter access program managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and opening its newest property to limited elk hunting. According to Alison Fox, CEO of American Prairie Reserve, expanding public access and hunting on properties it acquires continue to be a top priority for the...

  • APR offering 26 bison harvest opportunities

    Beth Saboe, American Prairie Reserve|Jun 10, 2020

    This year the nonprofit is offering a total of 26 opportunities, with all but two being awarded in such a way that gives preference to the people who live and work in Montana, and the communities surrounding the Reserve. “This is the fourth time we’ve offered bison harvests to the public since 2018, and each time we’ve been able to increase the number of opportunities available,” said Damien Austin, Vice President and Reserve Superintendent. “We routinely use harvest as a bison management tool and the current size of the herd dictated...