Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Statement on Bison Conservation Initiative

May 7, 2020


Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the Bison Conservation Initiative, a new cooperative initiative that will coordinate conservation strategies and approaches for the wild American bison over the next 10 years. The Department of the Interior and its partners have been successful in restoring the populations of the American bison and supporting healthy herds. With unprecedented interest and cooperation among partners – including states, tribes, nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – bison conservation is well equipped to move beyond the confluence of strong analytical assessments and toward coordinated conservation action.

Service Director Aurelia Skipwith issued the following statement in support of the initiative:

“Conserving America’s national mammal and the symbol of our country’s great open prairies is a priority,” said Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. “This initiative will facilitate a whole-of-government approach touching every facet of wild bison conservation and the partnerships and collaborations that are key to our continued success.”

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