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A Park The Size Of Connecticut Is Being Carved Out Of The Great Plains

31/05/2013

The 500,000-acre American Prairie Reserve is being cobbled together with public land and private donations. When it’s done, (...)
The 500,000-acre American Prairie Reserve is being cobbled together with public land and private donations. When it’s done, its creators want it to be like a Central Park for the entire country. How the West was won is truly a story of what was lost. In the span of less than a century, the Great Plains--wild grasslands stretching 2,000 miles from Texas to Montana--were transformed from an American Serengeti into the world’s richest farmland as homesteaders, ranchers, and countless cattle flooded the region. Today, this productive grassland still supplies grain and meat for millions around the world. But it’s not entirely gone. Despite missing the golden era of creation in the U.S. from the 1800s to the 1950s, the Great Plains is now home to an unprecedented effort that is piecing together one of the largest parks in U.S. history. Once completed, the American Prairie Reserve will contain 500,000 private acres alongside roughly three million acres of public land forming a nearly unbroken expanse of pristine grasslands from Montana to Canada.Read Full Story    
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