American Bird Conservancy
Leveraging Grassland Conservation for Birds and Rangeland Resiliency (MT, ND, SD, WY)
Leverage two NRCS partner positions to increase the impact of Working Lands for Wildlife initiatives for Greater Sage-grouse and the Northern Plains Grassland in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Project will provide technical assistance and planning on NRCS practices to improve management on at least 15,500 acres of land, while fostering landowner trust and interest in grassland conservation, to ultimately provide more high-quality habitat and build rangeland resiliency.
Keeping Livestock on the Prairies through Diversified Agriculture (ND)
Integrate livestock grazing onto cropland by developing holistic management plans for interested producers. Project will increase capacity for two new agronomist technicians and one new soil health intern to provide technical assistance, collect soil health data, and advance adoption of regenerative principles on 7,000 acres.
Supporting Climate Resilient Habitats and Increasing Grassland Carbon Sequestration (MT, ND, SD, WY)
Provide technical assistance and incentives for on-the-ground conservation projects on private lands through the Northern Grassland Incentives Program which offers landowners financial assistance to voluntarily restore and enhance native grasslands, shrublands and mesic habitats. Project will improve or restore nearly 10,000 acres to help build rangelands that are resilient to climate change, drought, and invasive species, and which have improved capabilities to sequester carbon.
Mule Deer Foundation
Improving Conservation Coordination and Implementation in the Dakota Grasslands (MT, ND, SD, WY)
Increase capacity for a habitat partnership coordinator to be the key position for increasing the capacity to identify, plan, coordinate and implement conservation projects that restore key habitats in the Dakota Grassland region. Project will improve derelict fencing to wildlife-friendly specifications, restore sage-grouse habitat through invasive species treatments, improve mesic habitat hydrology through seedyk structures and improve rangelands through modified grazing plans.
National Audubon Society
Technical Assistance for Pollinator Habitat on Working Lands in the Eastern Dakotas (ND, SD)
Support a Range Ecologist to advance technical assistance for private landowners and promote conservation practices that benefit the monarch butterfly, Dakota skipper, regal fritillary, and other pollinators in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota. Project will improve 7,480 acres, restore 2,600 acres, develop 32 conservation plans, host 4 workshops, and engage 120 people.
North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition
Increase Capacity and Technical Assistance to Deliver Grassland Conservation on Private Lands (ND)
Expand programs focused on the conservation of North Dakota grasslands and the plant and wildlife species that are dependent on them by adding capacity and expanding education and outreach programs. Project will improve livestock management practices on more than 50,000 acres by working one-on-one with individual ranching operations to find ways to improve their livestock management practices.
North Dakota Natural Resources Trust
Providing Technical Assistance to Improve Grassland Habitats and Increase Carbon Sequestration (ND)
Increase support and capacity for existing programs that assist livestock agriculture producers in implementing rotational grazing systems, transitioning idle grass to healthy grasslands, planting native perennial species into previously cropped areas and reclaiming ecologically disturbed sites from oil and gas development. Project will improve or restore more than 35,000 acres of rangeland habitat to benefit native species and increase grassland carbon sequestration.
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Expanding the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert Motus Network to Inform Migratory Bird Conservation (multiple states)
Expand efforts to build a network of automated radio telemetry stations (Motus) throughout the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert that will help fill demographic knowledge gaps, characterize stop-over and migratory connectivity, and strategically inform full annual cycle habitat conservation for steeply declining grassland birds. Project will install 10 new Motus stations and deploy bird tags to inform future conservation delivery for grassland birds.