Annual meeting 2022

Annual meeting 2021


Diet, Gut Microbiota and Management of American Bison in Conservation and Commercial Herds of the Great Plains

A new study published in Scientific Reports has revealed the strongest evidence to date that all bison in North America carry multiple small, but clearly identifiable, regions of DNA that
originated from domestic cattle.

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution finds that widespread restoration of bison to Tribal lands throughout the Northern Great Plains can help restore the prairie ecosystem while improving the long-running issue of food insecurity and food sovereignty for Native Nations, and may help to mitigate adverse impacts to traditional agricultural systems due to climate change. 

Long-term Viability of Department of the Interior Bison Under Current Management and Potential Metapopulation Management Strategies

Department of the Interior Bison Conservation Initiative 2020

What America Lost When it Lost Its Bison – The Atlantic (2019)

Bringing Bison Back to the Badlands – A PERC Case Study

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

IUCN American Bison Status Survey and Conservation Guidelines 2010

Prairie Dogs and Ferrets

National Public Radio story on reestablishing Black Footed Ferrets in Montana

(NEW) Black-footed Ferret reintroduction tool

Large Landscape Level Conservation Projects

Homes on the Range: Identifying Potential Landscapes for Conservation Across the Grasslands of North America

Ocean of Grass: A Conservation Assessment for the Northern Great Plains (11mb)

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.

WWF Threats Assessment NGP Report December 2012

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

Colorado’s Conservation Data Explorer (CODEX) — a one stop shop for synthesizing conservation data from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, US Fish and WIldlife, NatureServe and many other sources.

 NatureServe: The Map of Biodiversity Importance

Riparian Habitat

WWF’s Riverine Analysis identifies riverine conservation priority areas for the US portion of the Northern Great Plains


Bringing Back America’s Serengeti – Rewilding Earth (2019)

American Serengeti, by Dan Flores – University Press of Kansas

Trees Are Overrated – The Atlantic (2022)

Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change

The Southern Plains Land Trust has enrolled their two largest preserves in the Climate Action Reserve’s Grassland Protocol.

The Southern Plains Land Trust is using Grassland Carbon to Benefit Prairie Wildlife Refuges.

 Conferences and other proceedings

Transboundary Grassland Partnership–Global Vision, Local Action. October 19-21, 2021 (Northern Great Plains) — if you missed this workshop, most presentations were recorded and are at: Transboundary Grassland Partnership

The Central Grasslands Roadmap Summit was May 24-25 Click here for presentations.

Panel discussion on Grasslands and Savannahs at COP on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Article and recording of the event available here

Links to Other Great Plains Conservation 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.

American Bison Society

Badlands Conservation Alliance

Center for Great Plains Studies

North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Prairie Hills Audubon Society

Prairie Wildlife Research

Southern Plains Land Trust

Wildlife Conservation Society Great Plains

WWF Northern Great Plains