in Northeastern Montana
The Northeast Montana region covers Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Petroleum, Garfield, McCone, Dawson, Richland, Prairie and Wibaux Counties.
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Under the guise of making communities in the Prairie regions of the United States economically viable, many groups have been established with the specific goal of acquiring the prairie grassland regions ranging from Canada all the way down to Texas.
These groups are well funded and are experts at using warm and fuzzy pictures and ideas to get people from all walks of life to buy into their vision of free roaming buffalo and restoring the region back to its original state, unpopulated by humans.
This is being accomplished through a variety of means, land trusts, conservation easements, a possible national monument, and donations by people who picture the wonders of life 200 or more years ago, with little or no regard for the property rights of the people living in these areas, or for the fact that the Bakken oil fields exist under this land.
Effectively setting aside this land will prevent Montanans from ever accessing the natural resources that would make a huge difference to our economy and help alleviate the poverty throughout our great state.
In Montana, the cumulative goal of these projects is to ultimately limit access to as many as five million, yes million acres of land in the prairie regions.
This is a prime example of what Agenda 21 is all about.
This projects’ mission is to acquire as much as 3,000,000 acres of private land in Montana, and link it to 2,000,000 acres of public land for a total of 5,000,000.
Their website states:
In northeastern Montana, American Prairie Reserve (APR) represents a unique effort to assemble a multi-million acre wildlife park that will conserve the species-rich grasslands of Montana’s legendary Great Plains for the enjoyment of future generations. When complete, American Prairie Reserve will be a natural treasure that spans more than three million acres of private and public land, showcasing a significant portion of the iconic landscape that once dominated central North America.
American Prairie and Baaken Oil Fields
The Buffalo Commons is a conceptual proposal to create a vast nature preserve by returning 139,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of the drier portion of the Great Plains to native prairie, and by reintroducing the buffalo, or American Bison, that once grazed the shortgrass prairie. The proposal would affect six Western States (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas), and four Midwest states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas).
The proposal originated with Frank J. Popper and Deborah Popper, out of New Jersey, who argued in a 1987 essay that the current use of the drier parts of the plains is not sustainable. The authors viewed the historic European-American settlement of the Plains States as hampered by lack of understanding of the ecology and an example of the "Tragedy of the Commons". Many people in potentially affected states resisted the concept during the 1990s.
The Poppers note that periodic disasters such as the Dust Bowl and continuing significant population loss over the last 80 years show the area is not sustainable for small-scale farming. They note that the rural Plains has lost a third of its population since 1920. Several hundred thousand square miles of the Great Plains have fewer than 6 persons per square mile. This was the population density standard of settlement which historian Frederick Jackson Turner used in his "Frontier Thesis" to declare the American Frontier "closed" in 1893. Large areas have fewer than 2 persons per square mile. The Poppers demonstrated that the number of "frontier counties" increased by 14 between 1980 and 2000, mostly on the Plains, and noted that there are more than 6,000 ghost towns in the State of Kansas alone (according to Kansas historian Daniel Fitzgerald). They claim that the decline in population on the plains is accelerating.
The Poppers propose that a significant portion of the region be gradually shifted from farming and ranching use. They envision an area of native grassland, of perhaps 10 or 20 million acres (40,000 or 80,000 km²) in size. One way to achieve this would be through voluntary contracts between the Forest Service and Plains farmers and ranchers, in which owners would be paid the value of what they would have cultivated over the next 15 years. In the meantime, they would be required to plant and reestablish native Shortgrass prairie grasses and forbs, according to a Forest Service-approved program. At the end of the period, the Forest Service would purchase their holdings, while granting owners a 40-acre (160,000 m2) homestead. Since their initial article in 1987, the Poppers have acknowledged that many other parties have important roles to play. They do not see the federal government as central as they first did.
Projects in NE Montana:
The Buffalo Commons Project
Excerpt from The Wretching Transformation of America by Tom DeWeese April 2009
The vision of buffalo herds roaming free throughout the plains was birthed by academics Deborah and Frank Popper in distant New Jersey. They interpreted statistics showing reduced population in many rural communities to mean that farming the Plains had been an “ill-conceived” notion from the beginning. “The best use for the Great Plains”, argued the Poppers, was to ban farming altogether, create a “Buffalo Commons”, and restore the land to its original condition. Other land-use planners from distant states agreed. But farmers were afraid .
“We’re tremendously concerned about losing our property rights,” said Mike Schmidt, a South Dakota rancher. “Right now, two things are particularly scary for us-endangered species and wetlands Essentially, they can determine how you use your land.”
Schmidt has reason to fear. The “Buffalo Commons” envisioned by idealistic planners is huge enough to touch everyone. “To really do any good, we have to plan over large geographies,” says Bruce Stein, the director of external affairs for conservation science at the Nature Conservancy, a powerful advocacy group for ecosystem planning. “A natural system needs room to function.”
A “healthy Great Plains would encompass every square meter of the Plains, from the prairie provinces of Canada through Oklahoma and Texas,” added Glen Martin who wrote the TWA article. It would include Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and the Dakotas as well as the “adjacent ecosystems, such as the boreal forests of northern Michigan and Minnesota and aspen groves of the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Some Great Plains species need more than one habitat to thrive.”
So do some humans, but that matters little.
Aware of opposition, restoration scholars are willing to start small: by connecting big chunks of biodiverse ecosystems with corridors to aid animal migrations. This agenda matches that of The Wildlands Project conceived by convicted “eco-warrior” Dave Foreman who co-founded the militant eco-group Earth First and serves on the board of the Sierra Club.