Grasslands

Who We Are

The Northern Plains Conservation Network (NPCN) is a collaboration of more than 25 non-profit and tribal organizations working together to conserve and restore the wildlife, habitats, and ecological processes of the Northern Great Plains. We welcome any organizations that share this vision to join the network.

We employ science, public education, private sector initiatives, and advocacy to promote our vision of a sea of grass supporting healthy wildlife populations and human communities. We seek to enable, energize, and inspire participating organizations by linking our efforts in support of this vision. We meet twice per year in person and collaborate regularly between meetings via email and working group initiatives.

The Mission

Northern Plains Region MapThe mission of the Northern Plains Conservation Network (NPCN) is to restore and maintain the native species, habitats and natural processes of the northern Great Plains. Our strategy is to work in partnerships with those who live, work and recreate in this region to identify and maintain the areas that best contribute to this mission.

Through collaboration, we seek to prevent loss or fragmentation of these areas, restore wildlife where possible, and facilitate wildlife movement and other important processes.

To succeed, we must identify and link much larger areas than are designated for wildlife and habitat today. We must begin to think and to act on a different scale – the scale of natural processes (wildlife migrations, fire, hydrology) that transcend municipal and political boundaries.

The Program

As of May 2013, NPCN is comprised of 25 conservation and tribal organizations as well as several individuals who have recognized both the necessity and the advantages of coordinating their efforts on a scale that mirrors the area they seek to conserve.

Within NPCN, science, public education, private sector initiatives, and advocacy are being employed to promote the NPCN vision and to enable, energize, and inspire participating organizations and individuals by linking their efforts to support that vision. By employing new tools to support conservation work, and by adopting mechanisms that foster the exchange of ideas and the coordination of action among participants,

NPCN hopes to restore North America’s grasslands, and to ensure the continued survival and health of its wildlife, wildlands, and human societies.

Get Involved!

If you would like to get involved with this exciting project, or find out about local organizations in your area, please email coordinator: NPCN Coordinator

Events

The Wildlife Society 24th Annual Conference (3/4/2017) - September 23-27, 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico.
America’s Grasslands Conference (11/14/2017) - November 14th-16th 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas

Funding

Official Participants

Alberta Wilderness Association

American Bird Conservancy

American Bison Center

American Prairie Reserve

Badlands Conservation Alliance

 

Defenders of Wildlife

FaunaWest

Inter Tribal Buffalo Council

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation

National Wildlife Federation

 

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nature Canada

Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation

Prairie Hills Audubon Society

Southern Plains Land Trust

World Wildlife Fund