The Absaroka-Beartooth Front contains over 900,000 acres of public and private land and includes vast and rugged mountains, sagebrush steppe foothills, and rolling grasslands. It supports vigorous populations of big game animals, rare bird species, and some of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears and wolves outside of a national park. The free flowing rivers and streams of the Absaroka-Beartooth Front are home to healthy populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and other native fish species.
This area supports many significant big game migration routes, including one of the longest known elk migration routes in North America, from the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park to winter range on the Absaroka Front. With a full complement of native wildlife, the Absaroka-Beartooth landscape plays an essential role in maintaining the ecological integrity of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
In an effort to maintain the remaining intact sagebrush steppe habitat along the Front, our conservation partners are working to withdraw future mineral leasing and restrict oil and gas to areas where development already exists.
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