NPCN is a network of more than 100 individuals and 25 organizations working together to conserve the wildlife and habitat of the region. For more information contact Dawn Montanye, Coordinator.
The United States House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.
Defenders of Wildlife rockies and plains representative Steve Forrest said the groups want to do whatever they can to “make it possible for people to live with wildlife.” See article here.
The Blackfeet Nation, Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada (Elk Island), the Oakland Zoo and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today that 88 plains bison have been transferred from Elk Island to the reservation of the Blackfeet Nation near Browning, Montana. This historic event cannot be overstated in its significance to the Blackfeet people and all tribes and First Nations in their quest to restore bison to native lands and re-establish ties to this cultural icon.
Save the date for NPCN's spring biannual meeting which will take place on Thursday May 5th with a field trip on the 6th. The meeting will be held in the ecofriendy Rushmore Hotel and Suites in downtown Rapid City (formerly the Adoba Hotel) http://therushmorehotel.com/. See attached for agenda. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
NPCN has compiled information from various organizations on their perspective and work related to Greater Sage-grouse following the decision not to list by USFWS. You can access the document here.
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.