Did you know?

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

Conservation Delivery Network

The NGPJV collaborates closely with our many partners to accomplish shared conservation objectives. Our various plans and decision support tools direct us where to work to achieve the greatest conservation benefits with available resources. We develop strategies to work with local producers in a mutually beneficial manner that allows us to make conservation gains together. This critical step in conservation happens most often through the personal relationship between a landowner and a conservation practitioner.

Conservation practitioners—we often refer to them as Project Managers—provide producers with technical guidance on conservation actions that may be taken to achieve desired outcomes; they offer ideas for financial support as well. Numerous conservation programs are available through various partners, and the Project Manager must be well-versed in what can be done with the programs and how they work. There are lots of moving parts to building a plan for what to do and how to get it done.

A deliberate approach we use to ensure that our Project Managers are well-informed and trained is our Conservation Delivery Network. Across the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture, we coordinate with dozens of people who work in conservation delivery. We meet periodically to discuss programs, best practices, shared funding opportunities, strategies for targeting conservation, and various other matters related to putting conservation on the ground.

We also engage leaders in the processes through Local Leadership Teams (LLTs). LLTs are small groups of “frontline” conservation leaders who come together periodically to ensure that guidance is working horizontally as well as vertically; we talk to each other and to our various staff to make sure we are doing our collaborative best. States differ in many ways, which is why we have four LLTs—one for each state in the NGPJV. As the LLTs hit their stride, we hope that the shared leadership will allow the JV to address opportunities and challenges more effectively and efficiently.