American Prairie Reserve is growing by 46,000 acres!
Fellow Member of The Long Run, American Prairie Reserve, is spearheading a unique effort to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States by linking together more than 3.5 million acres of critical habitat and restoring bison migration in Montana. This visionary plan calls for stitching together existing public and private lands. When these fragmented lands are connected, the Reserve will provide a continuous land area with an overall wildlife management focus, the largest of any kind in the lower 48 states.
This week they announced the purchase of the Two Crow Ranch, located 30 miles north of Winnett, Montana, and comprised of 5,002 acres of private land and 41,273 acres of leased public land. This marks their 26th land deal, and brings the total number of deeded and leased acres stewarded by the organisation to more than 399,000.
Home to a resident elk herd, the pine-laden Two Crow shares a nine-mile border with the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR). American Prairie Reserve CEO Sean Gerrity says the organisation was drawn to the opportunity to purchase the Two Crow thanks to its strategic location and abundance of wildlife.
“The Two Crow represents an incredible chance to permanently conserve key habitat in the region’s wildlife corridors,” Gerrity says. “Because the Two Crow shares a substantial border with the Refuge, this purchase will provide wildlife in the CMR with additional habitat and provide additional opportunities for recreation.”
Gerrity says the unit’s recreation policies will be determined by the organisation over the next year, with the goal of safely welcoming the public onto the Reserve’s deeded acres consistent with our resource management and wildlife restoration goals. In addition, he notes, the public lands contained within the Two Crow are and will forever remain open to the public.
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