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Sustaining Bird Habitats & Rural Communities

Resilient Grasslands

Resilient grasslands support vibrant ranching communities, robust grassland bird populations, and sustainable ecosystem services.

photo by Mitch Kezar

Our Region

The Northern Great Plains is a broad expanse of rolling plains and grasslands covered primarily by mixed-grass prairie and sagebrush-steppe. The NGPJV works across portions of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
NGPJV Boundary Map

conservation across the plains

The Northern Great Plains supports the largest expanse of core breeding habitat for five of the most imperiled grassland birds.
The NGPJV supports and catalyzes conservation that works for birds and the people of the Northern Great Plains across all land ownerships and cultures.
NGPJV partners take actions that improve the health of the land by using science to direct the right conservation tools to the right time and place.
We support locally-led collaboratives that champion local sustainability and vibrant communities in the Northern Great Plains. Our local partners provide guidance on place-based conservation tools, challenges, and outcomes.

Long-billed Curlew by Ron R Bielefeld

2023 was a year of partnerships. Partnerships are hard work and they take time, but the benefits of working collaboratively pay dividends in the long run. Last year, NGPJV partners dug into building trust, enhancing collaborations, and building our networks, all working toward the common vision of enhancing and supporting resilient grasslands.

In this Annual Report, we showcase the work of our NGPJV partnership to work across fences, catalyze conservation, and leverage broader initiatives. We also quantified the collective footprint of conservation actions in the Northern Great Plains to elevate the impactful work of our partnerships. In 2024 we look forward to more capacity, deeper relationships, and ongoing targeted work that supports the people and the resources of the Northern Great Plains. Together, we are building a sustainable future!

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Catalyzing Conservation Through Partnership

When one thinks of the Northern Great Plains, it often conjures images of vast horizons and frolicking antelope, yet it is the people that define the region. Ranchers, farmers, indigenous people, and other community members embody the resilience of this landscape, and many are dedicated to sustaining rangelands for cultural significance, current livelihoods, or future

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Working Across Fences: Collaborations in Science & Capacity

The Northern Great Plains Joint Venture has been working across fences and Joint Venture (JV) boundaries to support grassland conservation that bridges gaps between land ownership and cultures and moves the needle on habitat conservation and grassland bird population targets. The NGPJV and Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV) science integration specialists continue to collaborate across

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Conservation Impact Chart Baskerville

Tracking Conservation Impact

The sum of cooperative conservation is greater than its parts. By showcasing the work of our partners and communicating the value of our combined footprint, the NGPJV is helping to demonstrate how we are, together, making an impact in the grasslands. To set ambitious yet realistic conservation goals, the NGPJV quantified population objectives for five

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