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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Deferred Drilling for Sage Grouse in Wyoming Covers 3.5 Million Acres

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.

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permalink • Last updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

North Dakotans Come Together in Support of Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment

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.

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permalink • Last updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Recent 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
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Senate Bill introduced to make Bison the US National mammal

National Bison Legacy Act Led by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is a bill recognizing the Cultural, Economic, Historical and Ecological Contributions of America’s Largest Land Mammal

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permalink • Last updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

EPA Launches EnviroAtlas: Ecosystem Mapping Tool
A new tool for understanding ecosystem services

EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services.

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permalink • Last updated: Fri, May 09, 2014

New Report Finds Quarantine Protocol Demonstrates Brucellosis-Free Bison from Infected Herds

A new study from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  demonstrates that it is possible to qualify bison coming from an infected herd as free of brucellosis using quarantine procedures. These bison can then be used to seed conservation herds in other landscapes without the threat of spreading the disease. Link to abstract.

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2014 Farm Bill “Protects America’s Prairies”

Conservation and Forestry Titles in the 2014 Farm Bill help protect natural resources by funding a variety of voluntary partnerships and cooperative conservation efforts between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private landowners.

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permalink • Last updated: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Canada Issues Emergency Order to Protect Sage Grouse

In an unprecedented move, the government of Canada issued an emergency order on December 4th for Greater Sage-grouse to protect their fast dwindling numbers in Canada. The Canadian government is attempting to save the quickly disappearing greater sage grouse by restricting industrial activity in critical habitat. This is the first time that such an order has been issued under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

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permalink • Last updated: Sun, Dec 22, 2013

Riverine Analysis by WWF

WWF's Riverine Analysis

The report identifies riverine conservation priority areas for the US portion of the Northern Great Plains



PowerPoint presentation on the analysis and results was presentd by Sarah Olimb, GIS Specialist with WWF's Northern Great Plains Program, at NPCN's September 2013 meeting in Bozeman, MT.




permalink • Last updated: Thu, Oct 10, 2013