Dr. Curtis “Curt” Freese, managing director of WWF’s Northern Great Plains program is the 2007 recipient of the George B. Rabb Conservation Award, presented by the Chicago Zoological Society to honor the lifetime accomplishments of Dr. George B. Rabb, president emeritus of the Society.
Dr. Freese will speak Wednesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. Tickets are $16 ($13 for zoo members). For further information or to register, visit www.BrookfieldZoo.org or call (708) 485-0263, ext. 297.
Curt has an illustrious career in conservation, leading groundbreaking work that spans several decades and several continents. His current work centers on the Northern Great Plains and, in particular, a project on the plains of eastern Montana where WWF and the American Prairie Foundation are creating the American Prairie Reserve, the world’s only private prairie wildlife preserve that will protect a unique natural habitat, generate lasting economic benefits to local communities, and improve public access to and enjoyment of the prairie landscape.
One of the project’s goals is to bring bison to the prairie on a grand scale. The long-range goal is to lace together millions of acres of public and private land to create a land where thundering herds of bison and other abundant wildlife can roam freely.
In addition to the American Prairie Reserve project, Curt and his staff are responsible for the development of two other major conservation initiatives over the past four years: the U.S.-Canada Transboundary Prairie Conservation Project and the Grasslands 2010 Project. Curt is also supporting and working with the IUCN North American Bison Specialist Group, government agencies, conservation organizations, and bison experts from across North America in preparing a North American Bison Conservation Strategy, due to be released this year.