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February 28, 2012                                                                              

Will Meeks  701-355-8535
Diane Katzenberger 303-236-4578

North Dakota Habitat and Population Evaluation Team Receives Recognition Award

Prairie Pothole Region  Credit USFWSThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) received a special recognition award for their outstanding contributions to waterfowl and migratory bird conservation from the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

The Wildlife Society honored the HAPET office for its leadership, innovation and scientific information and analyses to guide wetland, waterfowl and migratory bird conservation in the Prairie Potholes of North Dakota.

Prairie Pothole Region Photo Credit Neal Niemuth
Prairie Pothole Region
Photo Credit: Neal Niemuth

The recognition award states that a major HAPET achievement was the development of a strategic planning process and a strategic waterfowl habitat management plan for the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV). The PPJV encompasses prairie wetlands from Montana through North and South Dakota into Minnesota and Iowa. These prairie wetlands support over 300 species of migratory birds and are the primary breeding areas for the continent's waterfowl. 

The HAPET office was established in 1989 to coordinate efforts in the PPJV including waterfowl surveys and to support planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

During the past 20 plus years, several thousands of acres of critically important migratory bird habitat have been conserved in the PPJV portions of ND, SD, and MT through the efforts of many conservation partners.
Virtually all efforts have relied to some degree on data and scientific guidance developed by the Bismarck HAPET Office to target, implement and evaluate these habitat conservation efforts.

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