Beyond Borders: World Wildlife Fund’s Transboundary Wildlife Conservation Projects in the Northern Great Plains

Scientific Disciplines
Biological Sciences - Terrestrial
Black-footed ferret restoration
Long-billed curlew migration
Couger research
Prairie pothole joint venture
world wildlife fund
The World Wildlife Fund
northern great plains
world wildlife funds
World Wildlife Fund's Transboundary Wildlife Conservation Projects
World Wildlife Fund's Northern Great Plains Program
Northern mixed grass transboundary conservation initiative
Crossing the Medicine Line Network
Volume 16, No. 4

Beyond borders: world wildlife fund’s transboundary 
wildlife conservation projects in the northern great 

Kristy Bly, World Wildlife Fund, 202 South Black Avenue, Suite 3, Bozeman, Montana 59715
The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Northern Great Plains Program (NGP) spans five 
states and two provinces across 279,000 mi2 of mixed-grass prairie. Since its inception 
as an ecoregional program in 2003, the WWF NGP has been engaged in numerous multi-
jurisdictional and cross-border initiatives designed to foster communication and coordinate 
actions to achieve biodiversity conservation in the shared landscapes. From black-footed 
ferret restoration, long-billed curlew migration, and cougar research to climate change 
adaptation and conservation economics, we collaborate, financially contribute to, and lead 
over 50 projects with as many domestic and international partners. One set of partnerships 
is centered in northern Montana, southwest Saskatchewan, and southeast Alberta focused on 
conserving crucial habitats and connectivity for pronghorn. This project area is also home to 
other partnerships WWF participates in, such as the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture, Northern 
Mixed Grass Transboundary Conservation Initiative, and its successor, Crossing the Medicine 
Line Network. While these initiatives share the common objective of fostering biodiversity 
conservation across boundaries, there are differences between them involving varied historical 
and cultural backgrounds, legal, and regulatory regimes. Nature does not recognize county, 
state, tribal, governmental, or international borders, thus transboundary collaboration is 
essential to successfully achieving common conservation objectives.