A crowd of North Dakota folks gathered for a weekend in June when the Sierra Club's Dacotah Chapter, ND Wildlife Federation and Badlands Conservation Alliance hosted a North Dakota Grasslands wilderness outing.
The group camped in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the badlands. Among the activities was a hike to the Horse Creek roadless area, near the Yellowstone River, where they viewed prairie dogs and learned about a proposed black footed ferret reintroduction site.
Horse Creek is a 25,000-acre roadless area of mixed grass prairie of wilderness quality. The black footed ferret, which may be reintroduced there, is one of North America's most endangered mammals, and at one time as few as 18 remained. They feed primarily on the black tailed prairie dogs. Prairie dogs inhabit only 1 percent of their former range. (Lewis and Clark sent a live prairie dog from North Dakota to
President Thomas Jefferson in Washington, D.C.)
The aim of the outing was to encourage the community to participate in activities that focus on celebrating, preserving, protecting and restoring the wild places and wildlife explored by Lewis and Clark nearly 200 years ago.
Photos courtesy Jonathan Bry.
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