Our March 14 meeting is an opportunity to learn about the American Prairie Reserve from its spokesman Michael Wainwright. Wainwright is APR’s Annual Giving and Foundations Manager. He lives in Bozeman where APR headquarters are located. APR was privately created in 2004 for the purpose of conserving surviving mixed grass prairie of the Great Plains ecosystem and restoring critical wildlife habitat. APR is located one hour south of the hi-line town of Malta and east of Zortman. It borders public lands and the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
APR now owns and leases 305,000 acres in Eastern Montana. However, its long-term vision is to create largest wildlife reserve in the continental US by linking together more than three million acres of private and public land on the Northern Great Plains. The APR says: “Our mission is to create and manage a prairie-based wildlife reserve that, when combined with public lands already devoted to wildlife, will protect a unique natural habitat, provide lasting economic benefits and improve public access to and enjoyment of the prairie landscape.”
We look forward to learning about APR programs at 7 PM onMonday, March 14 in the United Way Conference Room of the Gateway Community Center, off US Highway 2 West in Kalispell. To learn more about APR, go to www.americanprairie.org.