Thanks to generous funding from the Swedish Postcode Foundation, visitors to Buffalo Camp this spring will find a treasure trove of new resources and information to guide you through your visit to American Prairie Reserve. In some European countries, the Right of Public Access or “right to roam” (Allemansrätt in Sweden) is an open invitation for the public to “walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation.” It is in the spirit of this type of public access that we continue to create, build, install, and share new resources for visitors to American Prairie Reserve (APR).
This year we are focusing our efforts on Buffalo Camp, APR’s public campground in the heart of the project. A four-panel information kiosk welcomes all Reserve visitors and includes APR’s history, points of interests, safety information, and free maps. A new trailhead leads visitors from the campground along a trail to a nearby prairie dog town and will highlight the idea of Allemansträtt and feature the Mars Ambassador volunteers that built the trail as well as soon-to-be launched geocaching opportunities. Lastly, as you walk down the trail, you will be greeted by educational signs – one about bison and a second that explores the role of prairie dogs in grassland ecosystems.
After your visit, whether you stay at the campground or in a nearby town, don’t forget to tell us about your trip. We’d love to hear about your experience and share your story with others planning a visit to this growing conservation project. See you on the prairie!