Restoring Bison to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

The Great Plains of Montana once sustained millions of bison herds but the population was devastated by development, human encroachment and habitat loss.

National Wildlife Federation has a vision to return wild, free-ranging bison to their native home in and around the 1.1. million-acre Charles M. Russell (CMR) National Wildlife Refuge.


Why the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge?

These federal lands contain some of the most unique and viable native short grass habitat in the state, supporting a variety of prairie wildlife species, including pronghorn, elk, deer, sage grouse, swift fox and bighorn sheep. The incredible landscape can sustain a significant bison population and expand the already diverse hunting opportunities present in the CMR.

NWF efforts include:

  • Developing grazing agreements on the CMR through our Adopt a Wildlife Acre program
  • Finding solutions to livestock-wildlife encounters in our Wildlife Conflict Resolution program
  • Hosting outdoor writers tours to provide national exposure of bison restoration efforts in Montana.

This work presents a unique partnership opportunity to unite sportsmen, conservationists, and state and federal wildlife agencies to return an iconic species to their native habitat and you can help.

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