Room to Roam

June 2015/ Mountain Outlaw by Katie Morrison

Past, present and future roll into one moment across the landscape of grassy hills and wetlands near the western border of Yellowstone National Park. A bison cow treads across an open meadow toward the lakeshore, preparing to birth her new calf on a chilly, sun-filled morning in May. She made this pilgrimage to her natal ground, along with a herd of more than 400 other bison, to continue the cycle.

Yellowstone Ranch Preserve hosts this ephemeral scene. A privately owned property just five miles from Yellowstone National Park, the 753-acre ranch is held in a conservation easement with Gallatin Valley Land Trust.

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