State Conservation Partnerships "Action Groups"


The Northern Great Plains Venture’s State Conservation Partnerships, or State Action Groups, serve as important hubs for partnership-building and conservation delivery.  Action Group facilitate habitat conservation planning, professional networking, partnership building and the collaborative development of projects and programs to achieve priority state, regional and continental bird objectives.  The NGPJV provides technical and financial asistance to State Action Groups.  State Action Groups are the "project champions", that is the people who work with landowners on a daily basis to identify habitat conservation needs and opportunities, and the projects needed to address them.

 Click on a State to learn more about the State Action Group   

Meet our State Action Group leaders:

Catherine Wightman
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
Montana Congressional Fact Sheets



Roger Gates, Ph.D.

Extension Rangeland Specialist Department of Natural Resource Management
SDSU West River Ag Center
1905 North Plaza Boulevard
Rapid City, South Dakota  57702-9302
Office:  (605) 394-2236



Ty Dressler
Private Lands Biologist
North Dakota Game & Fish Dept.
Dickinson, ND
Kevin  Kadding
Private Lands Coordinator
ND Game and Fish Department
1000 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501
Office: (701) -


WYOMING (Co-Chairs)

Steve Tessmann
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82006
Brent Lathrop
The Nature Conservancy
109 East 17th Street, Suite 211
Cheyenne, WY 82001