Science Capacity
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by USFWS

Science Capacity

The science used by the PPJV is both developed by members of the partnership and through others outside the Joint Venture. The PPJV Science Coordinator serves as the Chairman of the Technical Committee and helps to connect the scientific activities occurring within and outside the PPJV region. The standing Technical Committee includes biologists and conservation practitioners representing a variety of agencies and non-governmental organizations that also constitute the PPJV Management Board.

Additionally, the PPJV has a long-standing, in fact foundational, relationship with the Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) offices (Bismarck, ND, Fergus Falls, MN, and Great Falls, MT). The HAPET offices provide PPJV partners with invaluable technical assistance and information to aid in achieving the goals and objectives of the PPJV Implementation Plan and various bird initiatives. The offices are integral in science development and application in areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation within the PPJV. Also, the Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative provides a new source of funding to help address voids in our scientific knowledge within the PPJV. The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center has also provided foundational science to the PPJV, and they continue to conduct science that is invaluable to our knowledge of wildlife and ecological processes within the Prairie Pothole Region. Cooperative efforts with partners and an adaptive management approach are their way of business.