National Bison Association Launches Innovative Conservation Management Plan

The National Bison Association (NBA) officially launched its new Conservation Management Plan (CMP) during its Virtual Bison Learning Webinar Series last week. The CMP will provide bison farmers and ranchers the ability to monitor and document their conservation practices to both improve upon and exhibit how their work positively impacts the bison, the land they’re on, and the people around them.
Kansas bison rancher, NBA board member and NBA Conservation Committee chair, Ken Klemm, “We believe that good conservation practices provide great benefits to all involved – the bison, the land, and the people. Furthermore, we believe that good conservation practices don’t cost – they pay. This program will help managers of all experience levels increase their conservation effectiveness and help them engage with a wide variety of like-minded managers and thereby take their operations to even higher levels of conservation success.”
The philosophy behind this program is neatly summed up in the following three statements:
  • For millennia, bison and people have relied on the land for sustenance. Even so, these lands thrived, blossomed and sustained massive herds of bison, which in turn supported many people. We believe that through wise stewardship, many people can yet still enjoy great herds of bison living on healthy, vibrant lands. We also believe that informed and caring people are the key to this vision.
  • The purpose of this Bison Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is:
  • To ensure that Conservation Partners do no harm to bison, land or people.
  • To foster innovation and creativity to benefit and sustain healthy bison, lands and people.
  • This program is not intended to inhibit or limit citizens’ freedoms or liberties but will operate only with voluntary participation and a deep respect for personal property rights and individual choice.