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Virtually Invisible: How a North Dakota Rancher is Using New Technology to Manage Healthy Prairie

Stewart Lake Refuge, credit Dane Buysse (Regional Biologist)

Southwestern North Dakota is a region unknown to many. Ask a passerby what the landscape looks like and you will get a variety of answers. Some of the responses may include dry, flat, grassy, badlands, open, rolling hills, or ‘I have no idea’. A hidden gem in this unknown area is the Stewart Lake National … Read more

Reconnecting America’s Grasslands

Catherine Wightman

On a cool, rainy day in August, roughly 300 people from across the continent converged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, Crow, and Shoshone people, to attend the 6th Biennial America’s Grassland Conference. Hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Wyoming, the conference emphasized connecting both people and … Read more

WWF Ranch Systems and Viability Planning Network (RSVP) Summary

Brenda Brady and Laura Nowlin, ranchers near Winnett, MT, and RSVP participants.

RSVP Overview and Enrollment: World Wildlife Fund’s Ranch Systems and Viability Planning Network (RSVP) takes a community-based approach to preserving the open space, ecological integrity, and community livelihoods of the Northern Great Plains (NGP) ecosystem. By centering the goals of individual ranchers and local communities which own and manage over 70% of the NGP, WWF … Read more

NGPJV Helps the Winnett ACES Support Ground Soil Health 

Rebecca Baldwin-Kordick

It started with a “maybe someday” wish that I mumbled to myself as I closed an email from Integrity Soils about the new four month “CREATE” program on soil health coaching approaches hosted by Nicole Masters. This 22-week program was designed to train and empower agricultural consultants and coaches in the theory, principles and practices behind healthy, … Read more

Pheasants Forever and Prairie Paradise Farms Work Together in South Dakota

Sand County Foundation

In early 2021, Pheasants Forever (PF) successfully concluded a generous grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded via their Northern Great Plains initiative. During the three-year grant period, PF worked closely with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program, and the South Dakota (SD) Department of Game, Fish and Parks … Read more

Welcome to the NGPJV, Erin

Mary Sexton

Erin Fairbank is the new Conservation Programs Coordinator for the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture. With the NGPJV, she will be working on creating and maintaining partnerships, project collaboration, and overseeing funding programs. Erin has extensive experience working with habitat and bird conservation programs, agricultural operations, and is partnership-oriented. Her background includes over 20 years of … Read more

Dakotas-Tagged Curlews Are Spending Winter in Texas and Beyond

Long-billed Curlew at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. credit Clint Wirick USFW Public Domain

Clint Wirick

This spring, American Bird Conservancy, North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF), and Intermountain Bird Observatory partnered to equip nine Long-billed Curlews with satellite and cellular tracking devices in the Dakotas. Curlews have lost much of their historical range; identifying key habitat features will help land managers to make decisions that stabilize and improve the … Read more

Grant Used to Increase Grassland in South Dakota

Northern Great Plains Landscape

Joe Nichols

Pheasants Forever has completed on-the-ground activities within Phases I & II of the grant ‘Using Decision-Support Tools to Deliver Grassland Bird Conservation.’ This grant was developed by the USFWS Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) as a way to deliver a multitude of grazing systems. Partners collaborating on this grant include the U.S. Fish and … Read more

Satellite-tracking of Long-Billed Curlews to Identify Migrations and Habitat Use in North Dakota

Long-billed Curlew with tracking device

Sandra Johnson

Long-billed Curlews are an iconic grassland bird of the Northern Great Plains. Historically, curlews occurred across the NGPJV region of North Dakota but now their range is mostly restricted to Golden Valley, Billings, Slope and Bowman counties. Curlews continue to be found throughout other parts of the Northern Great Plains. Identifying key features the species … Read more