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  • Cedar and steel: a day in the life of a young rancher

    November 22, 2016

    Kate Rasmussen of South Dakota offers readers a glimpse into the life of a next-generation rancher from the Northern Great Plains, one of the largest remaining intact grasslands in the world. WWF is partnering with organizations such as the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition in support of ranching families and grassland stewards like the Rasmussen family.

    A cow standing in the grasslands of Montana
  • Falling to the plow: North America’s Grasslands losing more habitat than the Brazilian Amazon

    November 16, 2016

    North America's Grasslands, a landscape that once seemed to offer the promise of endless resources, are being lost to the plow faster than deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. This year, WWF is releasing the first edition of a new annual publication called the Plowprint Report, whose purpose is to track annual grassland conversion to cropland across the Great Plains, and to provide a consistent way to measure the loss of this important habitat type.

    Badlands National Park
  • Innovations (and peanut butter) give black-footed ferrets a boost

    October 18, 2016

    An unlikely combination of peanut butter and drones has given biologists renewed hope for the future of North America’s rarest mammal, the endangered black-footed ferret. Biologists are helping these fascinating animals and their main prey—prairie dogs—fight a deadly plague by dropping peanut butter-flavored, vaccine-laced bait into their habitat.

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  • America the beautiful: a look at some of the country's most fascinating animals

    June 29, 2016

    From bison herds in the Northern Great Plains to polar bears in the far north of Alaska, wild creatures need our help to not only survive, but to thrive. WWF works with the government, businesses, universities, local communities, and other conservation organizations to ensure we can protect animal populations and their habitats. Take a look at a few of these amazing species found in the United States

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  • WWF celebrates and supports ranching stewardship programs

    Ranchers are often the first to admit they prefer to shy away from the spotlight. However, when they do participate, there is an opportunity to elevate the conversation about North American sustainable beef production and private lands stewardship while celebrating innovation and leadership with their peers. WWF supports stewardship award recognition programs in all five Northern Great Plains states (MT, ND, SD, WY, NE), where ranchers manage the majority of the NGP’s remaining intact grasslands. 

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  • A symbol of hope: US designates bison as the national mammal

    April 27, 2016

    The bison—a resilient and iconic species roaming our Northern Great Plains—now serves as the national mammal of the United States, celebrating a species once on the brink of extinction.

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  • Ranchers of the Northern Great Plains provide a safe haven for grassland birds

    January 28, 2016

    WWF’s Northern Great Plains program has begun to look more closely at the role that grassland songbirds play on ranchland throughout the region.

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  • Releasing black-footed ferrets into the wild

    In 2015, WWF marked its third consecutive year of black-footed ferret reintroductions on the Fort Belknap Reservation in northern Montana. WWF and partners also documented both first and second generation kits— young ferrets—born to individuals released in 2013 and 2014.

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  • Help save the American bison

    WWF Global Ambassador Jared Leto asks supporters to tell the National Park Service you support Fort Peck as the preferred alternative location for surplus bison in Yellostone National Park. 

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  • 8 surprising prairie dog facts

    January 05, 2016

    Prairie dogs tend to be celebrated for their larger ecological virtues. In the grasslands across the central and western United States, their intricate underground colonies—called prairie dog towns—create shelter for jackrabbits, toads, and rattlesnakes. These small, chubby-looking mammals are also fascinating in their own right. Check out these facts for a glimpse into their strange, surprisingly complex world.

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  • Prairie Dogs, Black-Footed Ferrets, and a Pilot-less Plane

    September 02, 2015

    WWF and partners used a drone to map and evaluate habitat for endangered black-footed ferrets. Only about 300 of the slender, masked carnivores are left in the wild today. Scientists must monitor prairie dog colonies to determine current and potential new habitat for black-footed ferrets.

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  • Finding love in the wild

    From the underwater dance of seahorses to the enthusiastic leg-lifts of the peacock spider, the animal kingdom is full of quirky and intriguing methods to impress the opposite sex.

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  • Fort Peck Tribes Leaders Restore Bison on Reservation

    December 23, 2014

    One hundred and thirty-six wild Yellowstone bison—free of cattle genes—reclaimed their historic home in the Northern Great Plains when released into the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s cultural buffalo reserve.

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  • How bison survive winter in the Northern Great Plains

    December 18, 2014

    Despite roaming vast distances in the Northern Great Plains, bison do not move south as the weather grows cold and inhospitable, though they may move to lower elevations where snow is not so deep. Temperatures plummet well below zero, bitter winds whip across the landscape, and bison still remain.

    bison covered in snow
  • Meet the Bison: Facts About America's Iconic Species

    July 01, 2014

    Bison are the largest native grazers of America’s Northern Great Plains. Take a look at why bison are unique to our landscape and what WWF is doing to help.

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  • Black-Footed Ferret Facts: The Masked Bandits of the Northern Great Plains

    May 12, 2014

    Once found throughout the Great Plains, the black-footed ferret is one of North America’s most endangered animals. WWF is helping to reach this goal by restoring and protecting ferrets and their prairie dog habitat in seven locations in the region.

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  • Animals of the Northern Great Plains

    March 10, 2014

    Since 2000, WWF has worked in this part of the country to conserve and restore the Northern Great Plains' natural heritage and native wildlife. So which animals call this beautiful region home, and why do they matter?

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  • Congress Takes Major Step Toward Protecting Grasslands

    February 04, 2014

    The US Congress took major steps to protect one of the last four intact grasslands in world. By passing the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress is ensuring your tax dollars do not incentivize the plow-up and drainage of native grasslands and wetlands.

  • 5 Reasons the Farm Bill Matters to Conservation

    November 07, 2013

    Right now, members of Congress are working out the final details of the 2013 Farm Bill, and the stakes for conservation are huge.

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  • Bringing the Bison Home

    June 13, 2013

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe works with the National Park Service to plan the first tribal national park within the Park System.

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  • Saving the Grasslands of the Northern Great Plains

    June 05, 2013

    In the Northern Great Plains, land is a hot commodity. The widespread conversion of prairie to cropland has profound effects on the natural environment and human communities of the region.

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  • A Visionary Ranch Helps Conserve Nebraska's Grasslands

    May 30, 2013

    The owners of Switzer Ranch realize the immense importance of acting to conserve the Sandhills in Nebraska and their native life.

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  • It Starts at Home

    April 09, 2013

    WWF-US works in countries as diverse as Namibia and Nepal and Mexico, but our roots are firmly planted in the United States. In our first year, three of the five grants made by our Board of Directors supported domestic projects. More than 50 years later, our in-country work remains an anchor of our conservation portfolio.

     

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  • Returning the American bison to the Northern Great Plains

    March 25, 2013

    WWF is successfully maneuvering some of the roughest of landscapes and most complex of cultures, making significant gains toward buffalo conservation in the Northern Great Plains. Working among a culture thick with pride, history and sacrifice, WWF has found its role guiding this dream of bison restoration into reality.

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