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  • Tom Peeling
    I thought everyone might want to see this: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will buy an historic Badlands ranch in western North Dakota in a
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2006
      I thought everyone might want to see this:

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will buy an historic
      Badlands ranch in western North Dakota in a deal worth about $5.3
      million, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday.
      The 5,201-acre ranch is next to Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch site,
      where the former president ranched more than a century ago.
      More than 50 wildlife and conservation groups, including the Boone and
      Crockett Club started by Roosevelt himself, have pressed Congress to
      approve the purchase.
      The Blacktail Creek Ranch is owned by brothers Kenneth, Allan and Dennis
      Eberts and their families. The Ebertses bought the ranch in 1993 for
      $800,000.
      The family has been trying to sell the picturesque property for years to
      the state or the federal government for public use and preservation.
      Dave Pieper, a Forest Service supervisor in Bismarck, said the federal
      government has earmarked $4.8 million for the ranch. He said the
      remainder of the money is coming from conservation groups, led by the
      Missoula, Mont.-based Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
      Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1909, set aside millions of
      acres for national forests and wildlife refuges during his
      administration. He spent more than three years in the Badlands in the 1880s.
      Bruce Kaye, a spokesman for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, said the
      Park Service and the Forest Service would work to protect the site.
      “Theodore Roosevelt learned a lot of lessons out here,” Kay said of the
      conservation-minded president. “This is a place where people can
      experience what Theodore Roosevelt experienced.”
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