The criteria encompasses 3 areas of stewardship: Bison, Land, and People.
To conserve the genetic integrity of all living bison while fostering a framework whereby the species can remain sound, robust and spirited, free from domestication, and continue to preserve the wild, independent nature of bison. Bison must be properly managed so as to protect and preserve neighboring property rights. Bison need to be properly managed to not only protect bison, but to also to build sound, respectful relationships with neighbors.
1. Interspecies crossbreeding is strictly prohibited and a plan to remove from production, over time, any known negative interspecies genetic influence is implemented.
2. Bison genetic selection protocol for replacements should favor natural selection criteria and be in harmony with the above stated objective.
Handling & Facilities
Bison must be effectively contained on the operator’s property and this containment should include consideration for other local wildlife. Low stress and safe animal handling methods and facilities are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the bison in accordance with the above stated objective.
Health & Welfare
Bison health/welfare standards, as outlined in generally accepted husbandry publications, such as the Bison Producer’s Handbook, are in place.
To protect and conserve the environment by consistently improving the quality of soil health and watershed function, while increasing the plant and animal diversity in a balanced, healthful manner.
Techniques are used to increase the quality of soils as a vital living system.
Methods are used to minimize erosion and benefit the watershed quality.
Play & Animal Diversity
Methods are used to manage for a wide and increasing variety of plant and animal species.
To foster the improvement of individuals and communities through creative and innovative advancements pertaining to their health, economic and educational opportunities.
Positively impact the American diet. For instance, start or participate in a farmers market, help get bison on a local restaurant menu, support your local health fair, etc. Encourage employee health improvement programs such as smoking cessation programs, exercise memberships, workplace safety programs. Support local EMS, fire and rescue services. Serve on a board. Provide meat for your employees. Be creative in ways to serve!
Efforts are made to develop new markets, create employment opportunities, or increase economic activity.
Leadership & Education
Attend or host a workshop, attend an NBA conference, speak, write, or share your conservation work in your local community, state or nation.
These criteria are based on the National Bison Association Conservation Management Plan criteria. National Bison Association Master Stewards will automatically qualify as approved consignors. Others can participate in this auction by submitting an affidavit that attests to their compliance with the above stated criteria.