Year: 2004
Acres: 2,400
Ecosystem: Greater Yellowstone (GYE)
Location: MT – Gallatin National Forest
Project Type: Grazing allotment retirement

Summary: Vital Ground helped the National Wildlife Federation fund the buyout of the 2,400-acre Horse Butte cattle grazing allotment on the Gallatin National Forest bordering Yellowstone National Park. Several grizzlies range through this area, including at least one breeding female. Further, the move made critical winter habitat available for the Yellowstone bison herd.