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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Spring NPCN Meeting Set For May 20th, 2014 Medora, North Dakota
Meeting on the 20th. Optional field trip on the 21st.

Join NPCN for our biannual meeting to take a look at oil and gas development and impacts on land, water and wildlife.  We'll also explore progress and develop 2014/2015 strategies for Bison and Sage Grouse/Grassland bird initiatives. Meeting on the 20th, field trip on the 21st. Contact NPCN Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register. Click below for more details.

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New Report Finds Quarantine Protocol Demonstrates Brucellosis-Free Bison from Infected Herds

A new study from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  demonstrates that it is possible to qualify bison coming from an infected herd as free of brucellosis using quarantine procedures. These bison can then be used to seed conservation herds in other landscapes without the threat of spreading the disease. Link to abstract.

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Farm Bill Signed Into Law “Protects America’s Prairies”

Numerous groups say that the Conservation and Forestry Titles in the new Farm Bill help protect natural resources in a uniquely successful way—by funding a variety of voluntary partnerships and cooperative conservation efforts between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private landowners. 

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Registration Is Now Open for the 2014 Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival April 4-6, 2014

Calamus Outfitters and the Gracie Creek Landowners are proud to invite you to the third annual Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival, celebrating these amazing prairie grouse species, the grasslands they inhabit and the culture that surrounds them. 

There will be speakers, entertainment, field trips, food and a "mini-tradeshow".

To Register Contact Calamus Outfitters: Phone: 308-346-4697 

E-mail: hbswitzer@nctc.net or www.calamusoutfitters.com

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Canada Issues Emergency Order to Protect Sage Grouse

In an unprecedented move, the government of Canada issued an emergency order on December 4th for Greater Sage-grouse to protect their fast dwindling numbers in Canada. The Canadian government is attempting to save the quickly disappearing greater sage grouse by restricting industrial activity in critical habitat. This is the first time that such an order has been issued under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

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The Western Governors’ Association unveils its Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
On December 12th, the WGA rolled out the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry an overview of “crucial habitat” across the West.

The free, online tool was unveiled at the conclusion of the WGA’s 2013 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas. It helps identify wildlife priorities and is designed to "enable industry to reduce time, costs, conflicts and surprises. It also will help conservation groups, state and federal agencies ensure wildlife values are better incorporated into land use decision-making."

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New Riverine Analysis by WWF

WWF releases Riverine Analysis

The report identifies riverine conservation priority areas for the US portion of the Northern Great Plains



PowerPoint presentation on the analysis and results was presentd by Sarah Olimb, GIS Specialist with WWF's Northern Great Plains Program, at NPCN's September 2013 meeting in Bozeman, MT.




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