Up until the 19th century, millions of bison, pronghorn antelope and elk could be seen grazing on an endless sea of prairie grass. Today, large swaths of those grasslands
and the native species that depend on them are gone due to intensive agriculture and grazing as well as oil, gas and coal development.
With less than 2% the region’s millions of hectares in reserves, the Northern Great Plains
is one of the least protected places on Earth.
Climate change is also predicted to negatively effect prairie vegetation and wildlife, and wetlands are expected to dry up in many areas.