We work closely with the following organizations, and we greatly appreciate their cooperation and insight.
National Geographic has called American Prairie Reserve “one of the most ambitious conservation projects in American history” and supported our efforts in many ways over the last five years. We feel fortunate to have the endorsement of one of the most trusted media brands in the world and we strongly believe in National Geographic’s mission: to inspire people to care about the planet. In 2012, the organization named Sean Gerrity, APR’s President, a National Geographic Fellow. The National Geographic Fellows Program was established to help researchers and other specialists define and develop outstanding special projects. In 2010, National Geographic produced an hour-long special, called American Serengeti, drawing worldwide attention to the Montana plains. American Prairie Reserve has also been featured on National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles series, the Global Action Atlas and the Weekend Radio program and hosts the Student Expeditions program each summer.
Friends of American Serengeti
Friends of American Serengeti is the German sister organization of American Prairie Reserve and based in Frankfurt. Independently governed, the Friends group is tasked with sharing the vision of the Reserve with the European community and securing funds for APR’s goals of land acquisition and habitat restoration. Donations received through Friends of American Serengeti are tax-deductible, and German-speakers can learn more and donate on the Friends website: americanserengeti.de.
World Wildlife Fund – Northern Great Plains
World Wildlife Fund – Northern Great Plains (WWF NGP) has been an active and valued science contributor to the American Prairie Reserve project since its inception and was instrumental in developing the concept of a thriving wildlife reserve on Montana’s Great Plains in the early phases of the project. Specifically, WWF NGP has worked on the ground with APR on projects such as growing our bison herd, prairie dog recovery and stream and riparian restoration. More broadly in the region, WWF NGP has conducted scientific studies to understand the ecological needs of native wildlife species like pronghorn, cougars and grassland birds. The WWF NGP program is a Montana-based field program of World Wildlife Fund working throughout the Northern Great Plains eco-region (which includes five states and two Canadian provinces) with landowners, tribes, state and federal agencies, universities, and communities on grasslands conservation.
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge
Directly neighboring American Prairie Reserve, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR NWR) spans 1.1M acres of crucial wildlife habitat. We strive to promote consistent wildlife and natural resource management between APR and Refuge lands, including collaborating on riparian restoration. Reserve staff members also serve on the CMR NWR Community Working Group.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
In addition to being the holder of two conservation easements on Reserve lands, we work proactively with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to manage the Reserve in ways that correspond with the agency’s guidelines and goals for the region. We are currently one of the largest participants in FWP’s Block Management program and one of very few participants that have agreed to 10-year agreements for continued sportsmen’s access. Reserve Manager Bryce Christensen also serves on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Region 6.
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) conducts scientific surveys and research on the Reserve that reflect our mutual interests. As a community and wildlife-oriented nonprofit, WCS works around the world saving wildlife and wild places as well as promoting sustainable human livelihoods. To date, WCS is studying relationships between grassland birds, grazing, and re-seeding and prescribed burning to restore grasslands. We look forward to collaborating with WCS on future projects.
Montana Land Reliance
Montana Land Reliance (MLR) partners with landowners to provide permanent protection for private lands that are significant for agricultural production, forest resources, fish and wildlife habitat and open space. MLR holds a conservation easement on approximately 8,900 acres of APR lands in the Telegraph Creek area of the reserve. They are a strong partner and will likely hold more acres under conservation easement for APR as the reserve grows.
The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund (TCF) forges partnerships to conserve America’s legacy of land and water resources. Through land acquisition, community and economic development and training and education, the Fund and its partners demonstrate balanced conservation solutions that emphasize the integration of economic and environmental goals. TCF has partnered with APR on several occasions assisting in land acquisition and disposal of certain APR lands.
High West Whiskey
In 2012, we partnered with High West Distillery in Utah on American Prairie Reserve Bourbon. High West is passionate about the American West’s culture, heritage, and natural beauty and wants to raise awareness of what they called “one of the most fantastic projects of our time”: American Prairie Reserve. Thus, they created American Prairie Reserve Bourbon, a premium blend of bourbons, and committed to donating ten percent of their after-tax profits from the sale of each bottle to American Prairie Reserve. We are proud to work with a conservation-minded company and enjoy sipping the bourbon ourselves on the Reserve and at our events.
Chicago Zoological Society
The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) aims to “inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature” and has partnered with American Prairie Reserve in an effort to connect with organizations that conserve wildlife and wild habitats. In April 2012, Senior Reserve Foreman Damien Austin traveled to Chicago to participate in the Brookfield Zoo’s Lecture Series and presented on the Reserve’s progress and wildlife to members of the CZS and the general public.