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Grazing Leases

American Prairie Reserve has tens of thousands of acres of grassland habitat available for summer cattle grazing leases in south Phillips County and Fergus County in eastern Montana. A map of the areas to be leased is below. You may also download the map. Leases will be for one – three years with the potential to renew the lease for additional years, if both parties agree to the renewal terms. We are seeking requests for proposals (RFP). You may review additional information on the available leases and download the full RFP here

 

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IDEAL LESSEE
  • Has a high acceptance of and appreciation for native wildlife species on their own ranches.
  • Is willing and able to enter into the Wild Sky Rancher program (for more information see wildskybeef.org).
  • Will publicly support American Prairie Reserve goals and programs.
  • Supports wildlife restoration projects on their own property. 
  • Is willing and able to participate in scientific studies. 
  • Has or is willing and able to help create and support public recreation opportunities. 
  • Currently is or is willing and able to operate with wildlife friendly fences and harvest practices on their own property.
  • Has or is willing and able to test new methods to reduce cattle/wildlife conflicts.
  • Has a history of supporting environmental conservation efforts related to wildlife, grasslands, water, and soil. 
  • Has the experience and knowledge to successfully manage a cattle grazing operation in a manner which ensures rangeland and  riparian health and to satisfy BLM and DNRC requirements, and 
  • Can provide financial information to demonstrate the lessee has the financial capability to meet the terms of the lease.   
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Leases Available Map

Overall our goal is to work with lessees to create an economically sustainable livestock operation focused on improving biodiversity.