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Gee I'll tour folks around cheaper than that....

$2,350 for American Prairie Foundation Safari?
general admin posted on September 05, 2011 16:59 :: 77 Views

A five day “safari” through north-central and northeast Montana for $2,350 per person? That’s based on double occupancy, but with a partnership between the American Prairie Foundation and the Yellowstone Safari Company, that is exactly what you can get!

For folks not familiar with the American Prairie Foundation (APF), the group is working to create a multi-million acre wildlife reserve stretching across a wide swath of Montana’s Hi-Line. According to their website, APF currently owns and/or leases 123,000 acres of deeded and public land. Additionally, the ranches APF has purchased have historically held grazing privileges on 63,000+ acres in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Their overall goal, again, it to have a multi-million acre reserve, so they’re still actively searching for where else and who else that land is going to come from as they try to create something similar to the way it would have been when Lewis and Clark came through.

For details on the vacation package that was featured in a recent New York Times article, CLICK HERE.

For more on the APF’s plans, funding and location, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.

© Northern Ag Network 2011
Haylie Shipp

Heres the NY Times article:

August 24, 2011, 5:01 pm
Where the Elk and the Bison Play

Dennis Lingohr
A picnic at the elk rut viewing area at the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana may not sound romantic, but it is a rare opportunity to see the mating rituals of one of the largest congregations of elk in the West.

In September, visitors to the Great Plains will get to do that and more, when the American Prairie Foundation, an organization that works toward preserving and cultivating North America’s Great Plains and its history, partners with the Yellowstone Safari Company to offer the first commercial tour of the American Prairie Reserve. The five-day safari costs $2,350 per person based on double occupancy, and will include transportation from Great Falls, Mont., and accommodations at the Grand Union Inn in Fort Benton and at the American Prairie Foundation’s lodge. (For more information, 866-586-1155, yellowstonesafari.com.)

Visitors can canoe down the Missouri River and participate in tours to view flora and fauna, including bison, grassland birds, pronghorn antelope and prairie dog colonies, guided by biologists and naturalists. They will also visit historic sites, like a teepee ring, a buffalo jump, a one-room schoolhouse and old prairie homesteads.

“The Northern Great Plains is an important ecosystem that once supported the kind of wildlife abundance we now associate with the Serengeti,” Dick Dolan, a managing director at the foundation, said in an e-mail. “We think we can recreate a semblance of that wildlife-watching experience.”

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