Media Trackers: Soros Money Man Tied to American Prairie

Earlier this week, I posted a story about the National Wildlife Federation wanting to “pull out all the stops” for wild bison in Montana.  Well, it looks like the Montana Media Trackers found a George Soros connection.   

In a telephone interview with Media Trackers, Montana Stockgrowers Association Natural Resource Director Jay Bodner would not say that the main interest group representing Montana ranchers and farmers outright opposes free-roaming bison. However, Bodner but he did state that stockgrowers had “very real concerns” about bison reintroduction. He also noted that, given the geography of the CMR, containing the bison in the refuge and keeping them off of nearby ranch lands would be difficult.

Already under way near the refuge is an effort by a non-profit organization called the American Prairie Reserve to buy up private ranch land adjoining the CMR and the BLM grazing leases that go with them. The group’s eventual goal is to work with the federal government to put bison put back on the land. The organization is staffed with several NWF activists, including NWF Regional Executive Director Tom France.

The American Prairie Reserve also has direct ties to left-wing billionaire George Soros: one of the group’s board members is Soros Fund Management Chief Investment Officer Keith T. Anderson, who the Wall Street Journal called “Soros’s money man.” Anderson is listed also listed as a “private investor.”

In response to the Media Trackers story, Katy Teson with The American Prairie Foundation had this:

Coal protesters are deliberately trying to tie up Montana’s infrsatructure in an effort to block coal development. The drug problem in the Bakken region predates the oil boom. And, The National Wildlife Federation’s Steve Woodruff wants to “pull out all the stops” in an effort to force a free-roaming bison herd on Montana. Those stories are below…

NWF: “We Must Pull Out All the Stops” on Wild Bison in Montana

Right now, Montana’s state wildlife agency is cautiously exploring the possibility of restoring wild bison to large expanses of public land like the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

“Cautious” may be an understatement. The department recently published its “Framework for a Montana Bison Conservation and Management Plan,” and the disappointing alternatives and discussion laid out in that framework exude a remarkable lack of enthusiasm for restoring bison. Amid pressure from ranchers and cow-country legislators, the agency also just cancelled a critical meeting intended to help accelerate work on the bison plan.

Now we must pull out all the stops to win room for bison to once again roam their native habitat. It’s time to fully engage ranchers and agency decision-makers—address their concerns, examine the facts and deliver a resounding message that the American people are steadfast in support of the restoration of bison.

Missoula Independent: Anti-Coal Protesters Blocking Rail Cars

From a few hundred yards east of the railroad’s junction with Greenough Drive, a train whistle pierces the calm Sunday afternoon. Seven protesters—flanked by two city police officers—sit unfazed and undaunted next to the tracks. One of the officers gives them a final polite warning: Continue the protest and be arrested for disorderly conduct.

“This is the beginning of a sustained, nonviolent resistance to the exporting of coal,” says 350-Missoula co-chair Jeff Smith.

Dave Jones, the protesters’ designated police liaison, first warned the Missoula Police Department days earlier that a nonviolent protest would be occurring, but kept even them in the dark about the specifics until the last minute. The secrecy was deemed necessary after Montana Rail Link got wind of a similar protest in Helena last September and stopped the train outside of town. The goal for today, Jones says, is to get photos of the coal train with protest signs in front of it. North Dakota Drug Issues Predate The Oil Boom

The media loves to focus on what I generically call the “dark side of the oil boom” stories, particularly in election years when political factions push the narratives for their own gain. We hear about skyrocketing rents. Crime. Traffic. Environmental disasters, some exaggerated and others real.

This is certainly very troubling, but is this happening because of the oil boom? Over at Million Dollar Way, Bruce Oksol digs up this Bismarck Tribune article from 2002 about drug use in the Bakken. It reports on a startling surge in meth labs in North Dakota – a “tremendous problem” according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem – which occurred about a half-decade before the Bakken oil boom even got started.

The oil boom gets blamed for bringing problems with drugs to North Dakota, but that’s not exactly true. There were problems before the oil boom came along.

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