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Where the Buffalo Roam: Restoring America's Great Plains

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In 1987 Frank and Deborah Popper proposed a bold solution to the decline of America's Great Plains: create a vast nature preserve by returning 139,000 square miles in ten states to prairie and reintroducing the buffalo that once roamed there. In Where the Buffalo Roam, Anne Matthews follows the Poppers from Montana to Texas as they try to sell their idea called the Buffalo ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 15th 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 1st 1992)
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Leslie
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
American buffalo numbered 60,000,000 at the beginning of the 19th century. At the close of the century they numbered only 300. Nearly extinct.

In 1992 professors Frank and Deborah Popper proposed re-establishing the buffalo on the Great Plains in areas with a population of less than 2 people per square mile with no ongoing agriculture. I know from personal experience the land is not suitable for agriculture. My father and his brothers tried many different ways to make a living in the early 1900s
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Mike
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Another book about the Great Plains, but not as good as Ian Frazier's or the Dust Bowl book. It reiterated a lot of information regarding the Great Plains; its main draw was the proposal by the land planners at the heart of the book( Frank and Deborah Popper) calling for the Great Plains to be restored and preserved as a vast Buffalo Commons. The book became more interesting as it progressed, particularly when discussing how to think about land uses that are on the way to becoming obsolete, even ...more
Adam
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating concept that has clearly started to take form naturally. Looking forward to learning more about Bison and the role they may play in the future. Wish I had read this before my trip to the Plains a couple of years back. Spent a lot of time in the places discussed in this book and by this theory.
Kilkee20
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Charming, provocative, observed with an eye both gimlet and sympathetic, an insider-outsider who sees all sides and also offers the longer perspective on America's most neglected and most necessary region. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, and deservedly so.
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