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Read news relevant to the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region from our partner organizations and the news media.

Sprague's Pipit Does Not Require Federal Protection

Sprague's Pipit Does Not Require Federal Protection

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has found that the Sprague’s Pipit does not require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership Funded

Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership Funded

Pheasants Forever‘s Honey Bee & Monarch Butterfly Partnership has been selected as one of 84 conservation projects in the nation to receive funding as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Wild Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production

Wild Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production

A new study of wild bees identifies 139 counties nationwide, including much of the Prairie Pothole Region, that have the most worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand.

New Website Provides One-Stop for Landowners

New Website Provides One-Stop for Landowners

The newly developed Habitat Pays website is a resource for the farmers and ranchers of South Dakota, including a list of resources and a list of habitat advisors.

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decisions

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decisions

The Obama Administration released a memorandum directing federal agencies to factor the value of ecosystem services into planning and decision-making.

New Biological Assessment of Benefits of Conservation Reserve Program

New Biological Assessment of Benefits of Conservation Reserve Program

A research study produced by the PPJV and the USDA-Farm Service Agency reveals how to target CRP to maximize benefits for migratory birds.

Bird Partnership Workshop Recommendations Released

Bird Partnership Workshop Recommendations Released

The Bird Partnership Workshop brought together key personnel from the bird conservation community to discuss needs for promoting more effective coordination, collaboration, and integration of priorities and activities. The report from this workshop is now available.

National Strategy for Pollinators Released

National Strategy for Pollinators Released

In 2014, President Obama directed a new Task Force to develop a strategy for improving the health of honey bees and other pollinators.  This strategy was recently released.

NRCS Sets EQIP Funding Deadline

NRCS Sets EQIP Funding Deadline

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has set June 1 as the deadline for agricultural operators to be considered for 2016 Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding.

Farm Bill Field Guide Available

Farm Bill Field Guide Available

The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for conservation professionals. The goal is to give them a tool to better understand the Farm Bill and how its programs can help landowners conserve fish and wildlife habitat.

Isolated Wetlands Significantly Impact Water Quality

Isolated Wetlands Significantly Impact Water Quality

Research published in Bioscience reveals that isolated wetlands significantly impact water quality, translating into negative implications for the wetland loss in the PPR.

Two Duck Stamp Bills Signed

Two Duck Stamp Bills Signed

Two duck stamp bills were signed into law, increasing the price of the duck stamp to $25 and allowing online purchase of duck stamps.

PPJV Factsheet Available

PPJV Factsheet Available

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Fire on the Prairie

Fire on the Prairie

Learn why the Baird’s Sparrow range is contracting and what you can do (from Bird Watcher’s Digest).

Enhancing Pheasant Habitat with 8 Actions

Enhancing Pheasant Habitat with 8 Actions

Recommendations for enhancing pheasant habitat in South Dakota aim to address the declining populations in the state.

Status and Trends Report Released

Status and Trends Report Released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a report showing an average annual net loss of 6,200 acres of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region from 1997-2009.

Northern Great Plains Grasslands Initiative, 2014 Request for Proposals

Northern Great Plains Grasslands Initiative, 2014 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is requesting proposals that will help secure, enhance, and restore native prairie and wildlife in the Northern Great Plains.

New Online Tool Corrals Best Practices to Sustain Grasslands and Ranchers

New Online Tool Corrals Best Practices to Sustain Grasslands and Ranchers

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) launches a new online tool featuring beneficial management practices from across the continent to maintain native grasslands and sustain ranchers’ livelihoods.

Wetland Grants Announced, Benefitting the PPR

Wetland Grants Announced, Benefitting the PPR

North American Wetland Conservation Act Grants were announced today. Two standard grants and eight small grants were awarded to projects within the PPJV region.

Conservation Organizations Join Forces for Prairie Conservation

Conservation Organizations Join Forces for Prairie Conservation

A coalition of conservation organizations launched a coordinated, partner-driven campaign to bring attention to the dramatic conversion of grasslands and wetlands to cropland.

USDA to Invest to Benefit Pollinators in the Prairie Pothole Region

USDA to Invest to Benefit Pollinators in the Prairie Pothole Region

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance will be available to help improve private lands for the health of bees. The funding will benefit three states in the PPR.

USDA to Invest in Grasslands and Wetlands of the Prairie Pothole Region

USDA to Invest in Grasslands and Wetlands of the Prairie Pothole Region

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that up to $35 million will be provided to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region.

Pheasants Forever Praises 2014 Farm Bill

Pheasants Forever Praises 2014 Farm Bill

Today, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the farm bill, into law. The farm bill addressed Pheasants Forever’s top conservation priorities: reauthorizing vital USDA conservation programs, re-linking conservation compliance to crop insurance and “sodsaver,” or native prairie, protection.

Ducks Unlimited Present at Farm Bill Signing

Ducks Unlimited Present at Farm Bill Signing

Ducks Unlimited attended today’s signing of the Farm Bill.  They celebrated the bill for including recoupling of conservation compliance practices to eligibility for crop insurance and a Sodsaver program that will impact the Prairie Pothole Region.

I Didn't Know Wetlands Did That

I Didn't Know Wetlands Did That

Consider the larger suite of benefits of wetlands in terms of ecological goods and services with this article from “North Dakota Water”.

State and Fate of the Prairies

State and Fate of the Prairies

Read about the alarming fate of the prairies in “Outdoor America”, its causes, the magnitude of the loss, and the impacts.

Grasslands Get Squeezed

Grasslands Get Squeezed

National Public Radio reports on the impacts of shrinking participation in the Conservation Reserve Program on soil, streams, and wildlife in the Prairie Pothole Region.

State of the Birds on Private Lands

State of the Birds on Private Lands

Private lands are critical to the conservation of U.S. birds, states the latest State of the Birds report published by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.

North American Prairies in the All Bird Bulletin

North American Prairies in the All Bird Bulletin

The North American Bird Conservation Initiative focused their summer 2012 issue on grasslands and prairies.