Newsroom Midwest Region

January 13, 2012

Rick Nelson, 701-355-8509
Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313

Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Announces Research Projects for 2012

The Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PPP-LCC) selected five research projects to fund in fiscal year 2012.  The PPP-LCC Steering Committee, co-chaired by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand selected the projects during their recent meeting held in conjunction with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 

Of the 61 projects submitted and reviewed, the steering committee voted to fund these projects:

Assessing Land Use Practices on the Ecological Characteristics of Sagebrush Ecosystems:  Multiple Migratory Bird Responses.   PI: Dr. Victoria Dreitz, University of Montana

From Raw Data to Implementation Plan:  Using Our Monitoring Data to Drive Specific Habitat Conservation Decisions.  PI: Maureen Gallagher, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Effects of oil and gas development on grassland birds. Dr. Doug Johnson, US Geological Survey

Wetland Hydroperiod and Climate Change:  Implications for Biodiversity and Water Availability.  PI: Dr. Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming

Maintaining Migratory Pathways of Imperiled Large River and Small Stream Prairie Fishes in the Face of Climate Change.  PI: Dr. Thomas McMahon, Montana State University

For more information on the projects funded to date and additional background information on the PPP-LCC, see our website:

The 61 project proposals submitted were thoroughly reviewed and ranked by the PPP-LCC Technical Committee using the following criteria: transportability/scalability of results, scientific rigor, management relevance, probability of success, benefits across the partnership, cost vs. conservation benefit, leverage of existing work, uniqueness, and finally, if the proposal addressed one of the five science needs identified in 2012.  

“We are extremely pleased with the quality of projects that we received and are confident the projects we funded will help develop the tools our LCC partners need to more effectively implement land and water conservation,” stated PPP-LCC Co-Chair Tom Melius.   

PPP-LCC Co-Chair Terry Steinwand added, “The conservation challenges we all face in 2012 requires us to continue to build and improve the science capacity across our partnership and, more importantly, these contemporary challenges demand that we use this new found understanding to increase our conservation delivery as quickly as possible.” 

More information on the PPP LCC is available at:

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