Character of the Northern Great Plains

The landscape of the NGPJV features striking physical, biological, and geopolitical diversity across its 105 million acres.

 
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Human population.
Private Farms and Ranches. Friendly but often stubbornly Independant character.
 
 
 
The landscape into an ecological mosaic featuring
 
The majority of our region is covered by sagebrush-steppe and mixed grass prairie, it also features snow-covered peaks, pristine alpine lakes, subalpine meadows, forested slopes, dense conifer forests, rolling plains, wet meadows, and cottonwood-lined riparian corridors, Badlands, Black Hills, Ponderosa Pine savannah

Naturally, this biodiversity supports an impressive assemblage of wildlife, including continentally significant populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, wetland birds, and grassland birds.

The NGPJV is important to a wide variety of birds at various stages of their life cycle:

  • The region’s limited wet areas
  • The region’s upland areas—such as sagebrush-steppe, grasslands, and coniferous forest — provide critical breeding habitat for several species in decline such as Sage Grouse, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Long-billed Curlew.
  • The NGPJV forms a key migration corridor from Mexico to Canada for shorebirds and waterfowl.

More than..... is under public or tribal ownership, while the remaining million acres are privately owned by residents, farmers, ranchers, or corporations.  The working landscapes of the NGPJV have played a critical role in keeping wildlife values intact over the last century. 

Habitat loss is a daily threat requiring significant strategy and investment, progress is being made.

 

Energy development

We and our partners are grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this spectacular region.