The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced sixteen grants totaling more than $3.1 million in support of grassland conservation efforts in the northern Great Plains.
Awarded through the Northern Great Plains Program, a public-private partnership between NFWF, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, the Avangrid Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the grants will support projects designed to maintain or improve nearly eight hundred thousand acres of native grasslands in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, as well as the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. The projects are expected to generate nearly $5.2 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of more than $8.3 million.
Grant recipients include the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, which was awarded $250,000 to enhance prairie grouse and grassland bird habitat in the state; the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, which will receive $200,000 in support of efforts to improve populations of grassland passerines, pronghorn, and greater sage grouse in Montana's Milk River Grasslands; and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, which was awarded $250,000 to build local capacity in support of grassland habitat projects aimed at restoring or conserving fifteen hundred acres and better managing twenty-five thousand acres of private land.
"The Northern Great Plains represent some of the most productive and awe-inspiring wildlife habitats in the United States," said NFWF executive director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "To conserve and enhance the ecological treasures found there, we need to continue to enlist partners from the public and private sectors, from federal and state agencies, and tribal authorities to energy companies, ranchers, farmers, and conservation nonprofits."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.