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Prairie restoration on the American Prairie Reserve
Freese, Curtis H. Freese Consulting, Westport, Massachusetts.
- Restoring habitat
- Restoring ecological processes
- Restoring wildlife
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The overarching goal of the American Prairie Reserve (APR) is to restore and conserve the biodiversity (species, habitats, and ecological processes) that is native to this region of the Great Plains (Fig. 1). Since Euro-Americans came to the Great Plains, prairie habitats and several wildlife species have declined or disappeared as a result of agriculture, overhunting, and other environmental impacts. By purchasing private land and through cooperation with the managers of adjacent public lands, especially the Bureau of Land Management and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the APR's goal is to create a reserve of 5000 mi2 (12,950 km2)—an area twice the size of Delaware—that will once again harbor the diversity and abundance of wildlife that so stirred Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their journey through this region in the early 1800s.
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