Did you know?

Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970. Roughly 25% of those were grassland birds.

Management Board

NGPJV’s Management Board is a policy-making body that establishes priorities and direction for Joint Venture activities. Board members serve as representatives of specific organizations and receive no compensation for their services. At its core, the Management Board is committed to achieving the NGPJV’s goals of sound science, adequate funding, proper staffing, good planning, project development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and reliance on strong partnerships to accomplish the goals and objectives of the NGPJV. The Management Board hires and supervises the JV Coordinator who, in turn, hires with Board approval, supervises subordinate staff and contractors, and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Joint Venture. The NGPJV Charter describes the shared purpose of the Joint Venture partnership and the role of the Management Board.

Meet the NGPJV Management Board

(as of May 2021)

Paul Coughlin

Assistant Chief of Wildlife
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Pierre, SD

Tammy VerCauteren

Executive Director
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Fort Collins, CO

Jesse Beckers

Energy Program Manager
North Dakota Natural Resources Trust
Bismarck, ND

Josh DeMorrett

Director of State Government Affairs
Dickinson, ND

Al Eiden

West Region Director
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever

Jim Faulstich

South Dakota Grassland Coalition

Highmore, SD

Jim Giocomo

Central Region Director
American Bird Conservancy


Scott Haight

District Manager, Eastern Montana/Dakotas
Bureau of Land Management

Miles City, MT

Alison Holloran

Executive Director
Audubon Rockies

Fort Collins, CO

Martha Kauffman

Director, Northern Great Plains
World Wildlife Fund

Bozeman, MT

Nancy Labbe

Northern Great Plains Rangelands Program Director
The Nature Conservancy
Denver, CO

Greg Link

Chief, Conservation Division
North Dakota Game and Fish

Bismarck, ND

Ken McDonald

Wildlife Division Administrator
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Helena, MT

Scott McLeod

ND State Coordinator, Partners for Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bismarck, ND

Brian Smith

Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Denver, CO

Collin Smith

Regional Biologist - MT, WY, ND, SD
National Wild Turkey Federation

Livingston, MT

Kyle Tackett

Assistant State Conservationist - Partnerships
Dillon, MT

Johann Walker

Director of Operations, Great Plains Region
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Bismarck, ND


Wyoming Game and Fish Department