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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Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment on Yellowstone Bison Quarantine Program Environmental Assessment
Deadline to submit comments is midnight MDT February 15, 2016


The purpose of a quarantine program for Yellowstone bison would be to establish or augment new conservation and cultural herds of plains bison;conserve a viable, wild population of Yellowstone bison;maintain the low risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle;reduce the need for shipment of bison to meat processing facilities;and provide cultural and nutritional opportunities for Native Americans. 


The EA analyzes three alternatives to evaluate a quarantine program at one or more new quarantine facilities, which could be located within Yellowstone National Park, on tribal lands, or elsewhere. 

Click here to access the Environmental Assessment and to comment.

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Senate Passes Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal

Just one month after National Bison Day, the National Bison Legacy Act commemorating America’s largest land mammal passed by unanimous consent, now awaits House consideration

Bill was led in the Senate by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and recognizes the cultural, economic, historical and ecological contributions of bison

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Nature Groups Seek Pause on Grassland Transfers from Canada’s new Federal Government

Nature Canada, Nature Saskatchewan and Alberta Wilderness Association have all called on the new federal government of Canada to announce an immediate pause in transfers of grasslands formerly managed by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) until a plan is in place to protect their ecological values.  See here for press release.

permalink • Last updated: Sun, Nov 01, 2015

US Department of Interior Determines Greater Sage-Grouse Does Not Need Protection Under ESA

In a press release from the Department of Interior, Secretary Sally Jewell cites unprecedented land conservation efforts as the reason for the sage-grouse being relatively abundant and well-distributed across the species’ 173-million acre range. As a result the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that  the rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). See the DOI press release here.

permalink • Last updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Science Article “Ecosystem services lost to oil and gas in North America” Allred et al
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permalink • Last updated: Fri, May 01, 2015