Welcome to the Northern Plains Conservation Network

NPCN is a network of more than 80 individuals and 25 organizations working together to conserve the wildlife and habitat of the region. For more information contact Dawn Montanye, Coordinator.

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Nature Groups Seek Pause on Grassland Transfers from Canada’s new Federal Government

Nature Canada, Nature Saskatchewan and Alberta Wilderness Association have all called on the new federal government of Canada to announce an immediate pause in transfers of grasslands formerly managed by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) until a plan is in place to protect their ecological values.  See here for press release.

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Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session Fort Collins, Colorado December 9-10

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is offering a two-day Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session for a limited number of project teams on December 9-10, 2015 in Fort Collins, CO at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. See attached for more information and registration form.

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US Department of Interior Determines Greater Sage-Grouse Does Not Need Protection Under ESA

In a press release from the Department of Interior, Secretary Sally Jewell cites unprecedented land conservation efforts as the reason for the sage-grouse being relatively abundant and well-distributed across the species’ 173-million acre range. As a result the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that  the rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). See the DOI press release here.

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Bill Commemorating Bison Reintroduced in US Senate

A Bill commemorating bison, America’s largest land mammal, has been reintroduced in the US Senate. Led by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the bill recognizes the cultural, economic, historical and ecological contributions of bison.

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11th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference
February 16-18, 2016, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Theme: “Prairie – It’s a Happening Place!”

The Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference (PCESC), February 16-18, 2016, in Saskatoon, is a forum to discuss the latest issues and trends in the conservation of prairie landscapes, species, and species at risk. Visit the website by clicking on this link.

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Management Transfer of Govenlock PFRA Pasture a Significant Step Towards Prairie Conservation
Govenlock Community Pasture will be transferred from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Environment Canada, conserving this grassland ecosystem and habitat for species at risk.

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, made the announcement on July 29, 2015.

Conservation groups, including Alberta Wilderness Association who commends the decision, have been calling for Govenlock to be established as a National Wildlife Area and for other important pastures to be retained under federal control. See AWA's press release here.

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Science Article “Ecosystem services lost to oil and gas in North America” Allred et al

"A first empirical analysis to advance beyond common rhetoric and speculation of oil and gas development." http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6233/401.full

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