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the day-to-day realities of the production livestock industry. The proposed alternative removes large chunks of land from production agriculture. Doing so will certainly decrease agricultural production revenue, but may also impact support industries, such as feed suppliers, ranch laborers, machinery sales and repair businesses, livestock veterinarians, etc. Depending on the severity of these impacts, the State could also witness a decrease in the affected population base and a shift away from present socio-cultural characteristics.”

Pete Geddes, APR’s vice president and chief external relations officer, said APR has the support of a variety of stakeholders and will contribute to both landscape and community resilience.

“We’ve heard from thousands of people; hunters, small businesses, biologists, Indigenous neighbors, and citizens across Montana who share a commonly held view that bison have a right to graze and restore the health of our nation’s public lands,” Geddes said. “We aim to create more opportunities for future generations of Montanans to access and explore our shared public lands and to protect the public’s right to legally restore native wildlife.”

Both APR and the parties appealing BLM’s decisions are bringing considerable legal muscle to the process.

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