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Where the Bison Could Roam

Jim Robbins of The New York Times reports on bison conservation efforts in Montana.

The C3 Take
  • American Prairie is a nonprofit that is restoring and conserving the American shortgrass prairie ecosystem in Montana by bringing bison back its natural habitat.
  • Since 2005 the group has brought over 750 bison back to Montana which has been critical to ecosystem restoration efforts.
  • Bison grazing on prairielands has been shown to double the richness of native plant species and increase the area’s resilience to drought.
  • Organizations like American Prairie are crucial to driving lasting environmental progress.

“The first 16 bison were brought to American Prairie in 2005, and their numbers have grown to 774. The reserve has set a goal to settle 6,000 bison on 500,000 contiguous acres, Mr. Heidebrink said. The hardest part of the task, though, has been building up enough land.”

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