Assembling a large conservation area in the 21st century takes many sorts of people, from explorers, entrepreneurs, and biologists to philanthropists, community members, and volunteers. As we work to return the lands of the American Prairie Reserve to a wild, natural state, we learn a lot from all of these people. We also gain unique insights about natural places through photographers that use elements of light, movement, drama, and scale to make remote landscapes come alive for viewers around the world.
These images remind me of the different lenses through which we experience the outdoors and how progress can be captured in a split second. As we push forward in a new year, I am grateful for the diversity of people that bring the Reserve to life, including the adventurous photographers that captured these special moments of 2014.
Since 2005, Bison have roamed the northern plains of Montana on American Prairie Reserve. After ten years of bison restoration, scenes like this one are increasingly common. Newborn calves on the Reserve this spring will bring the herd to more than 500 animals.