ASC Landmark Crew Member
The term “grass” is largely misunderstood.
More often than not, it conjures an image of a neatly mowed patch of lawn. But the mixed-grass prairie in northeast Montana is so much more diverse than this: One of the world’s largest and least protected ecosystems, it has the capacity to support an exceptional diversity of animals.
But to understand the bigger picture of our work, we must look closely at the grassland ecosystem itself.
To be able to name something is the first step toward comprehending it. I found that once I had a grasp on basic plant identification, I could begin to mentally tackle the new, vast expanse of the prairie during my time here.