Landowners hold different values driving their decisions about how to manage their lands. rom the perspective of the PPJV, we value intact grasslands and wetlands across the landscape. Even though other users may not hold this same perspective, we respect their values so may they respect ours.
This May the PPJV and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition hosted a field tour of “Grassland Conservation on Private Lands” near Aberdeen, South Dakota. The purpose of the tour was to expose decision-makers to landowner perspectives on grassland conservation and land change, and to provide opportunities for developing new partnerships. Approximately 50 participants from across the nation attended the event.
Trumpeter swans were nearly wiped out by North American settlers. For 112 years, no swans called Iowa home. But that has changed. Since 1995 the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and its local partners have released 1,150 trumpeter swans, as well as restored wetlands and shallow lakes.
For more than 50 years The Nature Conservancy has been working in the Prairie Pothole Region. Since 2010 TNC has provided more than $14 million in matching funds to NAWCA projects, effectively leveraging more than $25 million in federal funds for wetland and grassland protection.
We continue to diligently proceed as a partnership on developing the side boards and content for the update to our 2005 PPJV Implementation Plan. State-level step-down plans will be included in the updated Implementation Plan. These step-down plans, known as PPJV State Tactical Plans, will provide details on how the Implementation Plan goals and objectives for the four bird groups will be implemented in each of the PPJV states.
The HAPET office and PPJV Technical Committee teamed up with the Montana conservation partners to expand the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) throughout the state. In recent years, analysis of BBS data has indicated that breeding populations of several species of grassland nesting birds in the Northern Great Plains of eastern Montana have declined dramatically. Observations from the new routes will augment the existing survey database and provide additional information to land managers and researchers to inform bird conservation.