In the News
Bringing Bison Back to the Badlands-A PERC Case Study
The National Park Service has completed an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate whether to implement a remote-delivery vaccination program to decrease the prevalence of brucellosis in Yellowstone bison
Building Black Footed Ferret Populations
National Pulic Radio story on reestablishing Black Footed Ferrets in Montana
Black Footed Ferret release on UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge Montana
The Nature Conservancy reports on new plague vaccine for Prairie Dogs
Climate Change-National Wildlife Federation’s report: Climate Change Leaving America’s Big Game Nowhere to Run
Farm Bill: Pierre Capital Journal Grasslands Series
Dangers to Sage Grouse from drilling in the Douglas Sage Grouse Core Area, Wyoming: Erik Molvar’s opinion piece in Casper Star-Tribune – Douglas core area drilling plan will eliminate sage grouse and petition to BLM on this issue.
The report “American Prairie Reserve: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation through Large-Scale Grassland Conservation” discusses the effects of climate change on grassland ecosystems and the effect of land use in the Great Plains on green house gas emissions.
EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool: For understanding ecosystems and ecosystem service
National Geographic presents a 20-page article describing the Badlands area of South Dakota. The story features stunning photos of the region, and the map shows the area covered by the NPCN’s Badlands National Park focus area. The same issue includes some great Sandhill Crane photos by Michael Forsberg and Joel Sartore, both photographic artists of the great plains.
The U.S. National Forest Service has gathered considerable information on threatened species of wildlife with respect to the national grasslands. A table indicates which of the species of concern can be found in each grassland.
WWF’s Riverine Analysis identifies riverine conservation priority areas for the US portion of the Northern Great Plains
Environmental Working Group reports on wetland and grassland conversion to row crops in“Going, Going, Gone” July 2013
Wind and Transmission Research Library. The broad range of information in the database is meant to provide a larger picture of wind development in the West as well as illuminate the wind industry from multiple angles. The extensive database covers a spectrum of topics, ranging from wildlife and climate impacts to economic and political drivers of wind energy. The research goes through late 2015. Contact NPCN Coordinator, NPCN Coordinator, if you would like access to the database.
Wind Development Siting in relation to Migratory bird stopover sites in Wyoming. Published October 2013
Wind Development and Low-Impact Areas to Wildlife, a 2012 report by The Nature Conservancy and WWF
An Ecological Risk Assessment of Wind Energy Development in Montana, 2009 study by The Nature Conservancy
Wild bison as ecological indicators of the effectiveness of management practices to increase forage quality on open rangeland Dustin H. Ranglacka, Johan T. du Toitb
Information on Bison and Brucellosis from Enhancing Montana’s Wildlife and Habitat website
Bison Conservation Management: Guidelines for Herd Managers
Defenders of Wildlife Bison Blog
In an effort to keep the greater sage-grouse off the endangered species list, in part by protecting its habitat, the USFWS has developed a mitigation framework that includes recommendations and standards. The Greater Sage-Grouse Range-Wide Mitigation Framework aims to “communicate some of the factors the Service is likely to consider in evaluating the efficacy of mitigation practices and programs in reducing threats to sage-grouse.”
Links to Other Grassland Organizations
Alberta’s Prairie Conservation Forum provides an excellent collection of resources and links to organizations in that province. The Prairie Conservation Action Plan serves the same purpose in Saskatchewan. Check their site for a wide range of contacts.
- Michael Forsberg (2009) Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild
- Dale Lott (2002) American Bison: a Natural History
- Ernest Callenbach (1996) Bring Back the Buffalo!: A sustainable future for America’s Great Plains; Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
- Richard Manning (1996) Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie; Penguin.
- Daniel Licht (1997) Ecology and Economics of the Great Plains; University of Nebraska Press, 225 pp.,ISBN 0-8032-2922-4.
For Visitors to the Grasslands