American Prairie Reserve

Outdoor Foundation

"A distance away far from view a mountain range will hide the fence line — a place to move freely."

- Ryan Holm, Director of Marketing, MYSTERY RANCH

American Prairie Reserve's (APR) mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States, a refuge for people and wildlife preserved forever as part of America’s heritage.

The idea of conserving a unique area of the American prairie, to be enjoyed by all walks of life, has been worked on in a variety of ways for over one hundred years. More recently, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) released an important study in 1999 that pinpointed critical areas of the Northern Great Plains—areas most viable for conserving the existing diversity of plants and animals. Shortly after TNC published its findings, World Wildlife Fund initiated a conservation effort in Montana’s glaciated plains, which were a key area identified by TNC. In 2001, the nonprofit American Prairie Reserve was formed to begin assembling land in this important region.

Today, American Prairie Reserve, with support from donors and partners in Montana and around the world, is assembling and restoring habitat on a grand scale—welcoming wildlife to roam. Montana’s northern plains—home to the Reserve—is one of the few remaining places on Earth where it is possible to bring back what has been lost. But setting aside a handful, or even thousands of acres of prairie isn’t enough.

American Prairie Reserve represents a unique effort to assemble a multi-million-acre nature reserve that conserves the species-rich grasslands of Montana’s legendary Great Plains for the enjoyment of future generations. When complete, American Prairie Reserve will span more than three million acres of private and public land creating a vast region managed collaboratively with state and federal agencies for wildlife conservation and public access.

To learn more about American Prairie Reserve, and how it is working to create the largest nature reserve in the continental U.S., visit AmericanPrairie.org.