THE AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE Rebuilding What Once Was.
In 2001, the American Prairie Reserve (APR) was formed to help restore the Northern Great Plains. Their task, in this incredibly ambitious project, is to provide a natural habitat to house a large variety of species and offer viewers a glimpse of what Lewis and Clark witnessed over 200 years ago. When complete, APR will span over three million acres of private and public space.
On October 20, 2005, 16 bison stepped back onto the Montana prairie after an absence of more than 120 years. Today the herd numbers over 450.
Early in 2014, APR joined up with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) to form an adventure science program called Landmark. ASC works with volunteers collecting data for scientists all over the globe. To achieve this, they use modern technology and new approaches and have seen much success since their founding in 2011. The goal for ASC on the prairie is to collect data points in key areas such as wildlife movement and health. Over time, this will illuminate trends and help inform management decisions as the reserve grows.