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.
Jodi Bush with Fish and Wildlife Service and John Carlson with Bureau of Land Management both presented on Greater Sage-grouse status and planning efforts around the 2015 Greater Sage-grouse listing decision at NPCN's biannual meeting in October. Information included maps of priority areas for conservation and management, size of planning areas for Montana and North and South Dakota, factors for analyzing alternatives in the RMP's, and timeframe for status review by the FWS. Access the FWS presentation here and BLM presentation here.
For the second year in a row, the US Senate designated National Bison Day to honor bison’s contributions to our culture, economy and environment. Celebration of America’s Largest Land Mammal took place on November 1st, 2014. For more information on National Bison Day and efforts to designate bison as the National Mammel visit http://www.votebison.org/
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."
The total area of federal oil and gas leases deferred in Wyoming to protect the greater sage grouse — ahead of next year's expected decision on whether the bird is a threatened or endangered species — substantially exceeds the combined size of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management figures show.
North Dakotans committed to protecting clean water and preserving the state's long and proud history of hunting, fishing, birding and other outdoor recreation delivered more than 41,000 petition signatures to the North Dakota Secretary of State on August 5th to place the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment on the ballot in November.
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.