Newsroom Midwest Region

January 17, 2014

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Mike Olson,, 701-355-8545

Funding Opportunity to Benefit Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Northern Great Plains and Prairie Pothole Region

Land-use and Landowner Decision-making Identified as Key Research Need

Aerial of the Prairie Pothole Region

The Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management in the northern Great Plains and prairie pothole region of the U.S. and Canada.

The LCC has identified two distinct areas of research this year that will inform effective conservation and management by resource practitioners and decision-makers. Research projects under consideration for 2014 funding must address one or both of the following science needs:

  • Information related to land use, land use policy and factors influencing land use and land conversion, including potential impacts to aquatic systems.
  • Information related to land owner decision-making that will help the LCC partnership improve and/or incentivize conservation.

The LCC is responsible for identifying, prioritizing and supporting research projects that address gaps in scientific knowledge and can inform effective conservation and management across the northern Great Plains and prairie pothole region. Broad-scale stressors impacting this landscape include climate change, shifts in land-use, urban expansion and agricultural changes.

Up to $250,000 may be available to fund one-year or multi-year projects. The LCC encourages broad participation from groups and individuals concerned with natural and cultural resource issues in the northern Great Plains and prairie pothole region.  Individuals from federal, state, tribal, local, commercial, non-profit and educational organizations are eligible for funding as investigators or cooperators.  Cost share or in-kind match is encouraged but not required.

Additional details on the format and timetable for submitting proposals can be found in the full funding announcement (Funding Opportunity No. F14AS00062). Research proposals are due February 28, 2014

The LCC will hold two informational conference calls on February 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. central standard time to discuss the application process and answer questions from potential applicants. Call details are listed below.

Toll-free: 1-877-282-9259 Passcode: 1978254
Toll-number: 1-517-345-0375 Passcode: 1978254

For more information about the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC, visit

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