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.
In an effort described by National Geographic as “one of the most ambitious conservation projects in American history,” we are assembling a thriving wildlife reserve on Montana’s Northern Great Plains that will span more than 3.5 million acres of public and private land when complete (an area roughly the size of Connecticut).
With less than three percent of the world’s temperate grasslands under any form of protection, the region we work in has been identified as a conservation priority by organizations including The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN considers the Reserve region one of only four remaining places in the world where large-scale grassland conservation is still possible (the others are the Kazakh, Mongolian, and Patagonian steppes).
APR's supporters come from all walks of life and share a bold dream of creating a natural treasure on a scale not seen since the creation of America’s greatest National Parks. Acre by acre, they are assembling a scenic oasis in the heart of North America where bison, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs and other iconic species thrive under an open sky. Many of us are familiar with the stories of legendary conservationists like John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. Our supporters stand shoulder to shoulder with these giants as conservation innovators of the 21st century.
The Reserve’s vast landscape, described by National Geographic as “America’s Serengeti,” not only benefits wildlife, but is also open to the public. Campers, birdwatchers, photographers, students, and others find a warm welcome on the Reserve, ensuring our children and those who come after have the opportunity to experience a stunning part of our natural heritage.