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A Great Plains Park

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0025
A Great Plains Park

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George Catlin, who traveled, wrote about, and painted the plains between 1832 and 1839, proposed a Great Plains Park created by the national government, where herds of elks and buffalo would be protected in perpetuity. Catlin was way ahead of his time. A Great Plains Park must be very large — at least 5,000 square miles — and must include both upland and river bottom habitat. It's too late to preserve such a representation of the Great Plains, but it's not too late to restore one. Canada has shown the way and even pointed to a place. Its story begins in 1956, when the Saskatchewan Natural History Society began to push for a Grasslands National Park. A grassland park in the United States is possible. It hardly needs saying that such a park would give a welcome boost to wild bison conservation.

Keywords: George Catlin; Great Plains Park; buffalo herds; national park; Grasslands National Park; Canada; United States; bison conservation

Chapter.  1067 words. 

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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