Only four places on Earth still contain vast, unplowed native grasslands: Siberia, Mongolia, Patagonia and the northern Great Plains.
Since 2001, American Prairie Reserve has been working in northeastern Montana to create the largest protected wildlife area in the continental United States. When complete, APR will be larger than Yellowstone National Park and contain many of the species present when Lewis and Clark first crossed the plains, including the nation's largest herd of free-roaming bison. Currently, the Reserve is home to native wildlife including bison, pronghorn, sage grouse, prairie dog, bald eagle and mountain lion.
In 2014, ASC and APR launched the Landmark adventure science project, a multi-year collaboration to collect key wildlife data, build a global constituency for this special ecosystem, and record the human experience of living on the prairie.
ASC directs Landmark, recruiting and training volunteer crews, and managing the project database. Crews live on the Reserve and collect data year-round, exploring the grasslands from the subzero weather of January to the heat of July and August.
The open-source database produced during the study is used to manage and protect this wild landscape.
Join a Landmark Wildlife Survey Crew
Landmark is an opportunity to participate in one of the most exciting American conservation projects since the founding of the national parks.
To help cover the Reserve's rugged terrain, ASC is recruiting motivated adventurers with excellent outdoor skills and interest or experience in field science to spend two months under the big sky in one of the most wild and remote parts of the United States.
In 2015, crews will be selected for the following two-month stints:
For more information on Landmark and to apply, click on the link below.
Click here to learn about the Landmark program firsthand, through blog entries written by our crew members:
Crew members walking a wildlife transect in November under the vast prairie sky