Who We Are
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 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.
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.
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
American Bird Conservancy
American Bison Center
American Prairie Reserve
Badlands Conservation Alliance
Inter Tribal Buffalo Council
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation
National Wildlife Federation
Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation
Prairie Hills Audubon Society
Southern Plains Land Trust
World Wildlife Fund