Great news! A recent survey conducted by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has identified American Prairie Reserve as one of the Top 10 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains.
Survey participants included 51 representatives from tourism companies, state agencies, nonprofits and others, who submitted nearly 100 different locations for consideration. Sites included in the study had to meet three main criteria: be devoted to biodiversity conservation, offer the chance to experience nature and be open to the public (either for free or a fee).
The Reserve isn’t the only northeastern Montana location included in the Top 10 – our neighbor, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and the adjoining Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument also made the list. Combined with the Reserve, the three sites total more than 1.7 million acres of valuable wildlife habitat that are free and open to the public for recreation. Plan your trip today!
Here’s the full list of the Top 10 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains:
- Badlands National Park (SD)
- Rowe Bird Sanctuary/CraneTrust/Central Platte River (NE)
- Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (MT)
- American Prairie Reserve (MT)
- The Switzer Ranch and Nature Reserve (NE)
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND)
- Devils Tower National Monument (WY)
- Conata Basin (SD)
- Fort Robinson State Park/Soldier Creek Wilderness/Petersen Wildlife Management Area (NE)
- Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (MT)