Montana conservation area expands with ranch purchase
September 1, 2019
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana wildlife organization has announced it has expanded its conservation area after purchasing a ranch.
The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the American Prairie Reserve has added 22 square miles (57 square kilometers) of land from Blue Ridge ranch in northeastern Montana.
Wildlife officials say the organization owns 655 square miles (about 1,700 square kilometers) of land with hopes to acquire enough private land to connect to about 4,700 square miles (12,175 square kilometers) of existing public lands.
Officials say the goal is to create a short-grass...