This idea has been kicking around for some time, & it appears that it's becoming reality.
In addition to several types of grasses and wildflowers, the virgin landscape features the most species of grassland birds anywhere on the Northern Great Plains — including species on the decline, such as the Mountain Plover and the Long-billed Curlew.
Now 40 disease- and cattle gene-free bison have been reintroduced into the mix from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
“This is their home,” said Bill Willcutt, an APF ranch manager who lives on the ranch most of the time.
So far, 60,000 acres protected
The ultimate goal — which might not be reached for decades, officials say — is to piece together 3 million to 4 million acres of private and public land, not only in Phillips County but in four additional remote Montana counties north and south of the C.M. Russell refuge.
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