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    In the New West, Do They Want Buffalo to Roam?


    For the first time in more than a century, buffalo calves were born in eastern Montana on land the American Prairie Foundation owns. (Valerie Bruchon -- American Prairie Foundation And World Wildlife Fund)



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    By Blaine Harden
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, July 30, 2006

    MALTA, Mont. -- What are the Northern Plains good for?
    The soil is bad, the weather worse and the landscape achingly dull. Collapsing barns punctuate a scraggly sea of brown grass and bleached boulders. The population peaked a century ago, and remaining ranchers cannot stop their children from running off to a less lonesome life.
    But a grand new vision is taking shape for this depopulated patch of the prairie. It includes wild herds of buffalo and boomtowns of prairie dogs, as well as restaurants and hotels for high-end tourists who would descend on small towns such as Malta.
    If all goes according to plan, land south of here would be resurrected as the Serengeti of North America, joining Yellowstone and Glacier national parks as must-see destinations in the West. As local acceptance allowed, wolves and grizzly bears would join buffalo, elk, moose, mule deer and bighorn sheep on a restored grassland ecosystem, similar to what 19th century explorer Meriwether Lewis described as a scene of "visionary inchantment."
    The American Prairie Foundation, which is closely allied with the World Wildlife Fund, expects to have about 60,000 acres of ranchland under its control by fall. Over the next several decades, it intends to buy hundreds of thousands more acres and link them up with federal land -- much of which is now grazed by cattle -- to create a reserve of about 3.5 million acres. Buffalo would run free on much of this land, while fences, cows and cattle ranches would go away.
    "This thing is huge, it will affect a tremendous number of people, and it will last a long time," said Sean Gerrity, president of the foundation, which he helped create six years ago.
    There are, however, major hiccups in this scheme to re-create the prairie that wowed Lewis and Clark. Some local cattle ranchers say the plan will annihilate their livelihoods, and they vehemently object to the return of wolves to the plains. And another major conservation group, the Nature Conservancy, is pursing its own ambitious vision to conserve the prairie and most of its wildlife -- while keeping cattle and ranchers on the land.
    The origin of the money behind the American Prairie Foundation is adding to ranchers' resentment. Donations are coming mostly from wealthy individuals, many of them in the Silicon Valley or on Wall Street. As in such places as Jackson Hole and Aspen, the rich are demonstrating a striking capacity to change land use in the West.
    For the wealthy, the Northern Plains and their once-great herds of buffalo are a seductive and iconic cause.
    "This is an easy sell," said Diana Beattie, a Manhattan interior designer who summers in Montana and is a well-connected fundraiser among Fifth Avenue's philanthropic elite. "Since the Al Gore movie, I think caring about nature and preserving its purity is on everybody's plate."
    Larry Linden, who lives in Manhattan and is a retired general partner at Goldman Sachs, has pledged about $500,000. He compares the restoration of the Northern Plains to the refurbishment of the Statue of Liberty.
    "There are lot of folks in New York who spend a lot of time in the West, and this appeals to them," he said. "This is not the heavy hand of the government. Over time, ranch families will find it in their interest to sell."




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    Paul R. Ehrlich received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Co-founder with Peter H. Raven of the field of coevolution, he has pursued long-term studies of the structure, dynamics, and genetics of natural butterfly populations. He has also been a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, and in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy. Professor Ehrlich's research group covers several areas. It continues to study the dynamics and genetics of natural populations of checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas). This research has applications to such problems as the control of insect pests and optimum designs for nature reserves.
    A central focus of his group is investigating ways that human-disturbed landscapes can be made more hospitable to biodiversity. This work in "countryside biogeography" is under the direction of Professor Gretchen Daily, founder of the field, and Director of the CCB. The Ehrlich group's policy research on the population-resource-environment crisis takes a broad overview of the world situation, but also works intensively in such areas of immediate legislative interests as endangered species and the preservation of genetic resources.
    A special interest of Ehrlich's is cultural evolution, especially with respect to environmental ethics, and he is deeply involved in the Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB) which he co-founded with his wife Anne (policy coordinator of the CCB) and Professor Donald Kennedy. Professor Ehrlich is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), in 1993 the Volvo Environmental Prize, in 1994 the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, in 1995 the Heinz Award for the Environment, in 1998 the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, in 1999 the Blue Planet Prize, in 2001 the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and in 2009 the Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Members of Professor Ehrlich's research group have gone on to join the faculties of Princeton, Brown, and the Universities of California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida.








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    SDMF that sure doesn't look good. I would rather it was the nature conservancy. I wish we hunters had an organization large enough to do something like that. I like the idea, but I don't like the people doing it. Your right it doesn't look good.

    Fly Carpin you don't believe there are different rules for different people? In Jamestown the businesses didn't want Walmart, but they couldn't stop them. In Jamestown the lumber yards didn't want Minnards, but they couldn't stop them. In North Dakota the landowners didn't like conservation organizations so I think it was 1977 the legislature passed a law that they had to have permission of the county commissioners and the governor to purchase land. They will tell you they have approved purchases. Look and see how much. It's sort of like letting Minnards bring in only their paint and stains.

    Edit: The original conservationists were hunters. Hunters who understood the damage of the market hunters and the destruction of habitat. How the neck did we get usurped by people like those SDMF listed? Did we just loose steam once we corrected the bad things and then let it go? I guess we still have small groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation etc.

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    An Athiest , Baptist, And a Jahovah Witness all walk into a bar and this is the conversation they had at closing time and I took the good looking barmaid home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieGhost View Post
    SDMF that sure doesn't look good. I would rather it was the nature conservancy. I wish we hunters had an organization large enough to do something like that. I like the idea, but I don't like the people doing it. Your right it doesn't look good.

    Fly Carpin you don't believe there are different rules for different people? In Jamestown the businesses didn't want Walmart, but they couldn't stop them. In Jamestown the lumber yards didn't want Minnards, but they couldn't stop them. In North Dakota the landowners didn't like conservation organizations so I think it was 1977 the legislature passed a law that they had to have permission of the county commissioners and the governor to purchase land. They will tell you they have approved purchases. Look and see how much. It's sort of like letting Minnards bring in only their paint and stains.

    Edit: The original conservationists were hunters. Hunters who understood the damage of the market hunters and the destruction of habitat. How the neck did we get usurped by people like those SDMF listed? Did we just loose steam once we corrected the bad things and then let it go? I guess we still have small groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation etc.

    Plains you need to actually learn some facts about stuff before you post.

    Meetings of the Natural Areas Aquisition Committee on land purchases are public you can call and log into the conversation. How many times have you bothered plains?

    There is a reason I bring up the zoning issue and someones neighbor selling their home in town to Walmart......and ndlongshot spelled it out. Just as zoning laws do not technically by law stop a willing buyer and seller from completing a sale, neither does the states law concerning these nonprofit sales.

    You can go ahead and sell your land to DU or the NWF but if they do not use those lands in the manner described in the states law they will be forced to divest.

    The entire thing really is NOT much different than zoning laws in that while the sale is technically not blocked, the usage requirements will in all likelihood prevent it in some cases

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    Plains have you been by Painted Woods lately? How about the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri

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    Sounds like a bunch of commie, libtard tree huggers looking to save the world but have no clue how the real world works. Think they can solve all the problems From their New York high rise.

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    I sure wish I had the bucks to buy a chunk right in the middle of that before they get their hands on it. Can you imagine? 160 acres and I would be out of my mind happy. Ok to tell the truth I would be ecstatic with 40 acres. 40 acres of what some of my friends would call waste land. It would be just what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Sounds like a bunch of commie, libtard tree huggers looking to save the world but have no clue how the real world works. Think they can solve all the problems From their New York high rise.
    So stop and think about the "real world" that Bacon mentions that we have watched expand over the last few decades of catastophic fires.

    This outfit subscribes to the "let nature take it's course" ideology when lightening starts a prairie fire. So if and when they do not let fire fighting crews onto this property to stop a fire when it can be controlled, what happens.

    The fire then builds and does not recognize their property line and blows over onto private ranch lands. Who is there fighting fires that are now out of control? Who is risking their lives to contain catastrophic fires before they burn out private ranches and communities?
    Want to bet how many of these folks involved with the APP will be there sweating and working to save others property?

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    KEEN throws posh Portland party for Owyhee Canyonlands while Malheur County families fight wildfires to protect the land



    Ontario, Ore. – KEEN Footwear is throwing a block party tonight to promote its corporate marketing campaign calling for a national monument in the Owyhee Canyonlands in a remote corner of southeast Oregon. Meanwhile, 400 miles southeast of Portland, Malheur County residents have been consumed with volunteer firefighting duties and an early rangeland fire season.

    KEEN and its partner, the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), will offer free beer, music and food trucks in Portland’s Pearl District. While KEEN and ONDA have been planning the “Live Monumental Block Party,” Malheur County residents were working through thick smoke and high winds to hold fire lines to prevent the season’s first wildfire from spreading and devastating the Owyhee Canyonlands.

    “We are putting a fire out, that is our block party,” said Mark Mackenzie, board member of the Jordan Valley Rangeland Fire Protection Association and the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition, which opposes a monument without a Congressional vote.

    In the proposed Owyhee monument area, and in many parts of rural Oregon, rangeland fire protection associations work in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to fight fires. The volunteer firefighters are typically the first responders because they live in the area. On Sunday, one of 400 lightning strikes ignited the Owyhee Canyon Fire about 5 p.m. and eventually burned more than 20,000 acres. About 30 local residents who serve as volunteer firefighters were first on the scene, 38 miles southwest of Jordan Valley, with 11 fire trucks and water tenders. The crews stayed on scene until about 3 a.m. Monday morning.

    KEEN and ONDA are lobbying the president to impose more restrictions on our public lands in the Owyhee Canyonlands,” said Vicki Fretwell McConnell, an Arock rancher whose husband is a volunteer firefighter. “But where are ONDA and KEEN when we need the help on the ground? They’re at home on the other side of the mountain, living monumentally. It's our husbands, aunts, fathers, daughters, sons and friends who are out here trying to save the land.”

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