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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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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permalink • Last updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Federal Land Managers Release Plans to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse

"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released final environmental reviews for proposed land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development on portions of public lands in 10 states across the West." USDA, DOI Press Release. Great Fall Tribune article. All plan amendments or revisions are available online. Department of Interior has also released a Greater Sage-grouse fact sheet.

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permalink • Last updated: Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Legislation Requiring County Commissioner Approval for Wild Bison Release Vetoed by MT Governor

"Counties won't get veto power over transfers of bison by the state of Montana as Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday vetoed Senate Bill 284. The bill would have required approval of county commissioners before wild bison are released into a county."-Great Falls Tribune

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permalink • Last updated: Wed, May 06, 2015

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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permalink • Last updated: Fri, May 01, 2015

American Bird Conservancy Reports: Leading Sage-Grouse Scientists Advise, Use Best Available Science
Leading Sage-Grouse Scientists Advise Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack that Heightened Protections Are Needed for Greater Sage-Grouse

Clait E. Braun, Ph.D., John W. (“Jack”) Connelly, Ph.D., and nine other leading sage-grouse scientists sent a letter March 12, 2015 to Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack noting that current sage-grouse conservation measures in the draft agency conservation plans inconsistently apply the best available scientific information on greater sage-grouse, and will not adequately protect greater sage-grouse from further decline.

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permalink • Last updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Studies Explore Loss of Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region and Impacts on Waterfowl
Climate change and energy development driving wetland loss and declines in waterfowl populations
permalink • Last updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014