This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting The Promise And Peril Of Environmental Philanthropy | A Privately-Funded Park For The People | Save The Cowboy, Stop The American Prairie Reserve | A Hunter’s Paradise | The Buffalo Is A Symbol of God The northern Great Plains aren’t much to look at. It’s the drab, boring part of a cross-country interstate drive between Seattle and Chicago. No trees in sight. No water. But Sean Gerrity, founder of American Prairie Reserve, has always seen something more out here.