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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
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.”