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Home at Last

After 131 years, bison return to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, helping restore an ecosystem—and heal the past

  • Judith Kohler
  • Conservation
  • Jul 31, 2017

NWF at Work

Devoted to Restoring Bison

“The National Wildlife Federation has a big vision for buffalo in the West,” says Garrit Voggesser, director of NWF’s Tribal Partnerships. In addition to helping restore bison to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the Federation has partnered with tribes and conservation groups to transfer bison from Yellowstone to the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana. Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NWF is also leading efforts to return bison to the 1.1-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, in part by paying ranchers to retire grazing leases on public lands.


Judith Kohler is the communications manager of NWF’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center.


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NWF Blogs about Bison

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