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.
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.
SB 284, which requires approval of County Commissioners for wild bison location or relocation, passed on second reading 60-40 out of the House’s Agriculture Committee April 14, 2015. The bill is scheduled to go to a third reading April 15 and will then go back to the senate for concurrence to the amendments. If the bill is not killed on the floor during third reading it would require a veto by the Governor to avoid passage. Opponents of the bill point to a recent poll which indicates that Seventy six percent of Montanans support restoring wild bison to the state; Sixty eight percent view bison as wildlife, not livestock; Seventy two percent agree that wild bison should be managed like deer, elk and other wildlife; Seventy four percent think decisions about bison should be made by biologists and wildlife officials rather than county politicians.
In an effort to keep the greater sage-grouse off the endangered species list, in part by protecting its habitat, the USFWS has developed a mitigation framework that includes recommendations and standards. The Greater Sage-Grouse Range-Wide Mitigation Framework aims to "communicate some of the factors the Service is likely to consider in evaluating the efficacy of mitigation practices and programs in reducing threats to sage-grouse."
Waterfowl conservation in the PPR confronting complexities of climate change; Hydroclimate Variability and Change in the Prairie 2 Pothole Region, the “Duck Factory” of North America; Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands in the United States 1997 to 2009.