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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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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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.

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Montana Legislature Considering Handing Wild Bison Location Decisions to County Commissioners

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.  

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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."

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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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