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.
David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, made the announcement on July 29, 2015.
Conservation groups, including Alberta Wilderness Association who commends the decision, have been calling for Govenlock to be established as a National Wildlife Area and for other important pastures to be retained under federal control. See AWA's press release here.
"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released final environmental reviews for proposed land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development on portions of public lands in 10 states across the West." USDA, DOI Press Release. Great Fall Tribune article. All plan amendments or revisions are available online. Department of Interior has also released a Greater Sage-grouse fact sheet.
"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
"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
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.
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.