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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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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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

NPCN Biannual Meeting Scheduled for May 27 & 28, 2015 in Douglas, Wyoming

The NPCN Biannual meeting will feature current activities on Thunder Basin National Grasslands. Participants will hear from the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association, currently working on a conservation strategy with State and Federal agencies.  We'll also learn about exciting new work on Bison restoration as well as updates on Greater sage-grouse/grassland bird conservation efforts. A field trip on the 28th will include a visit to the National Grasslands with Forest Service staff and researchers working in the area. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and to register.

permalink • Last updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Sage-Grouse Mitigation Guidance Now Available

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."

permalink • Last updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

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