Sacred Ground International is a 501 (c) 3 organization working in collaboration with the Happy Heart Ranch in Montana to restore and preserve lands and wildlife that once flourished. We started with 10 buffalo and a prayer. We are 100% dependant on public contributions and participation. We manage the herd and maintain a healthy landscape only with the collaboration of the buffalo. These buffalo live on high mountain and prairie grasslands they are assisting to restore from drought and overgrazing. They restore tall grass, springs, bird life and a host of wildlife to the restoration areas.
In return, we provide a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for them. To know them is to love them and they have so much to teach us about living in harmony with each other and our eco-system. Thank you for sharing and supporting what we do, it is important work and our relationship with these animals is rare and beautiful….
- Fencing to open up more of the ranch for grazing…only half of the ranch is presently
- Feed Truck – old “Cloud” is retiring.
You will receive news and photos as calves grow and we progress. We also include an invitation to visit the ranch, let us take you out to see the buffalo and spend time with the herd. Learn more about us and the wonderful work we are doing to reconnect people with nature, encourage their curiosity to know more, enjoy more and learn more about Mother Nature.
Thank you to all who have come, observed, contributed and participated. You leave deep prints of love and continue to sustain us.
HISTORY: At one time, not that long ago, 60 million buffalo roamed free and in harmony with nature across America. The Native American on the western plains relied on “Tatanka” for all aspects of their lives. The U.S. Government ordered all the buffalo to be eliminated during the Indian Wars of the 1800’s. Outside of a few in the mountains around Yellowstone Park and some in captivity, they nearly succeeded. With the passing of the buffalo, life on every level of the ecosystem and the lives of the Native People and all people changed forever.
WHERE: The Pryor Mountains and rolling plains beyond, still carry the marks of the millions of buffalo that migrated through its ecosystem in buffalo wallows, horn caps, bones and the stories the local Native tell of their childhood adventures. The buffalo held such dominion over the plains, self sustaining and a role model/teacher for us today.
RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION: We have found that the natural ‘hoof action’ and migration habits of the buffalo have been the most significant contributor to on-the-ground restoration and maintenance of the native grasses, stream, riparian and natural spring systems, and wildlife habitat,
Experts in soil, water and grass conservation and restoration are provided new understanding and expanded realizations when they observe how the animals restore the land through their natural life cycle, doing what buffalo do. Fences provide the opportunity to accelerate and expand this process. Fence construction allows concentration of grazing on degraded pastures, maximizing the restoration process of all the lands available.