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Baker County Association of Conservation Districts

BCACD is the entity that contains Baker County’s four Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Baker Valley, Burnt River, Eagle Valley and Keating. All four of these districts contain active sage grouse populations. The SWCDs’ in Baker County work mostly on private lands helping landowners with the areas resource concerns. Many times, to increase the amount of conservation, the District works with agencies such as BLM, ODFW and USFWS. The District employs one SGI staff member stationed in Baker City, working on resource concerns such as conifer encroachment, grazing management and noxious and invasive weed control to help benefit the sage grouse.

Contact: Joshua Uriarte, Habitat Conservationist – 541.523.7121 X 116, Joshua.uriarte@or.nacdnet.net  |  3990 Midway Dr. Baker City, OR 97814

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Foster Creek Conservation District

Foster Creek Conservation District’s mission is to protect natural resources; enhance sustainable, profitable agriculture; and improve the quality of life in Douglas County, by: Encouraging good land stewardship through education, incentives, and quality technical assistance. Protecting individual and private property rights. Building strong coalitions with other groups. Including, but not limited to, government assistance as a valid conservation partner to agriculture, by providing quality, intelligent, technical assistance to cooperators and partners.

The CD works with the Sage Grouse Initiative to support habitat enhancements on private lands with willing landowners, and to obtain grants for assistance. See this related story on an SGI partnership project with Foster Creek CD.

Contact: Jonathan Merz, District Manager - 509-630-1266
jmerz@fostercreekcd.org | Foster Creek Conservation District, P.O. Box 398, Waterville, WA 98858-0398

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Lake Desmet Conservation District

The Lake DeSmet Conservation District (LDCD) is dedicated to the development and implementation of programs that provide leadership and technical assistance for the conservation of Johnson County’s natural resources, agricultural heritage and resource base, as well as the preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.   LDCD provides the local voice when addressing natural resource concerns on private and public lands.  The Lake DeSmet Conservation District has been a leader in the enhancement of sage grouse habitat.  Since 2004, we have worked cooperatively with our local producers to restore sage grouse and sagebrush obligate habitat. The SGI program provided the perfect opportunity to expand our efforts and reach all producers residing in Johnson County by partnering with NRCS, Pheasants Forever and our southern partner, Powder River Conservation District (PRCD).    The LDCD administers the SGI field staff position in Buffalo, WY.

Contact: Nikki Lohse, District Manager –  307-684-2526 ext. 3, nikki.lohse@wy.nacdnet.net
621 W. Fetterman, Buffalo, WY 82834

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Meeteetse Conservation District

Meeteetse Conservation District is committed to maintaining a sustainable, healthy sage grouse population as part of its efforts to support its agricultural community, which has historically been dominated by ranching. SGI provides an opportunity to work with landowners to maintain and improve sustainable grazing that will help to enhance and improve sage grouse habitat in our region. Meeteetse Conservation District administers and helps fund an SGI field staff position in Meeteetse, WY.

Contact: William Woolston, SGI Range Conservationist – 307.754.9301 ext. 115, william.woolston@wy.usda.gov
P.O. Box 237, Meeteetse, WY 82433  |  307.868.2484, Fax: 307.868.2489 – fax
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Montana Association of Conservation Districts

MACD represents Montana’s 58 conservation districts that take locally led and largely voluntary approaches to conserve natural resources. With its similar approach, SGI is an ideal fit. MACD administers a small grants program for sage grouse conservation in partnership with the BLM. In addition, the group hired and now administers the three SGI staff stationed in Glasgow, Forsythe and Malta.

Contact: Elena Evans, Executive Director – 406.443.5711 (w) 406.5464714 (c), eevans@macdnet.org 
1101 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601

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Popo Agie Conservation District

Popo Agie Conservation District has close ties with the surrounding private and public lands as well as landowners as we strive to provide support and understanding on the conservation and wise use of our natural resources through voluntary conservation practices. The Sage Grouse Initiative focus mirrors this, making it a key partnership with the conservation district. Fremont County is home to some of the largest expanses of prestige, intact, sagebrush habitat for the bird with much of this habitat being positioned on private ranches and agricultural lands. By partnering with SGI we hope to increase the support of private landowners, enhance the success rate of preserving intact sagebrush habitat for the Sage Grouse, as well as a number of other species, and provide means to help sustain working ranches and agricultural lands for future generations as they are key players in this endeavor. PACD administers the SGI hire in Lander Wyoming and has partnered with the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help further ensure the success of this effort.

Contact: Jeri Trebelcock, Executive Director –  307.332.3114, pacd@wyoming.com
221 South 2nd Street Lander WY 82520

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Powder River Conservation District

The Powder River Conservation District (PRCD) is committed to representing the residents of Southern Johnson County at the local level. Our mission is to provide education and leadership for the conservation of our natural resources, the wise use of Wyoming’s waters, the improvement of our environment, and the preservation of our agricultural heritage through a responsible conservation ethic.  The SGI Program provides us the tools to do this. By partnering with the NRCS, Pheasants Forever and the Lake DeSmet Conservation District we can further our work with landowners to maintain and improve sage grouse habitat.

Contact: Anita Bartlett, District Manager – 307.738.2321, anita.bartlett@wy.nacdnet.net
PO Box 48, Kaycee, WY 82639

SGI Field Staff: Reese Irvine, Range and Wildlife Specialist – 307-684-2526 ext. 118, reese.irvine@wy.usda.gov
621 W. Fetterman, Buffalo, WY 82834

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Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District

Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District covers the central portion of Carbon County and encompasses approximately 2.7 million acres. Landscapes within the district include alpine tundra of the Snowy Range in the south and boundless sagebrush steppes stretching to the northern edge of the district near Pathfinder Reservoir. The North Platte River flows from the Snowy Range and meanders north eventually emptying into Seminoe Reservoir. Sage Grouse are abundant in this high desert environment. SGI is the perfect tool that enables SERCD to partner with various organizations and agencies to work with private landowners to maintain healthy Sage Grouse habitat. SERCD collaborates with several SGI partners to support the SGI field staff position in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Contact: Joe Parsons, District Manager – 307.326.8156, Fax: 307.326.8572,  joe.sercd@gmail.com
P.O. Box 633, Saratoga, WY 82331
Also please contact Garrett Pantel, SGI field staff – 307.326.5657, garrett.pantle@wy.nacdnet.net

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Sublette County Conservation District

Sublette County has a high percentage of public lands, glorious sagebrush steppe landscapes, and strong grouse populations. Often described as a stronghold for the bird, Sublette County is also often mentioned for our energy developments. SGI is an opportunity for the Sublette County Conservation District to work with our partners and landowners to design and implement strategies to assure we continue as a stronghold for sage grouse. SCCD collaborates with several SGI partners to support the SGI field staff position in Pinedale, WY.

Contact: Eric Peterson, Manager – 307.367.2257, epeterson@SubletteCD.com
P.O. Box 647, Pinedale, WY 82941  | Fax: 307.367.2282,  
Also, please contact Meghann Durbrow, SGI field staff – 307-367-2257 X113, meghann.durbrow@wy.usda.gov or visit http://www.sublettecd.com/pid/73/sage-grouse-initiative.aspx.

 

Federal Agencies

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Natural Resources Conservation Service

In March 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Sage Grouse Initiative to provide a holistic approach to conserving sage grouse and sustaining working ranches in the West. NRCS and its partners are using popular Farm Bill conservation programs to improve wildlife habitat through sustainable agriculture.

Contact: Tim Griffiths, National Coordinator NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) – 406.587.6812, tim.griffiths@mt.usda.gov
10 East Babcock Street, Federal Building, Room 443, Bozeman, MT 59715-4704

Dave Naugle, science advisor to SGI – 406.243.5364, david.naugle@umontana.edu
University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program, Missoula, MT 59812

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners for voluntary habitat restoration on their lands. The Partners program has demonstrated expertise in partnership building and efficiently delivering cost-effective projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat and complement the continued functioning of private land activities. In the range of the greater sage grouse, the Partners Program has helped fund 13 of the 23 SGI positions, and is working directly with interested private landowners to deliver on-the-ground sagebrush steppe habitat restoration projects.

Contact: OR, ID, and WA: Kathy Hollar, Pacific Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator – 503.231.6156, Kathy_Hollar@fws.gov
CA and NV: Carrie Thompson, Pacific Southwest Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator, 530.889.2317, Carrie_Thompson@fws.gov
MT, ND, SD, WY, UT, CO, and NE:  Heather Johnson, Mountain-Prairie Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator, 303.236.4316, Heather_Johnson@fws.gov

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U.S. Bureau of Land Management

As the steward of more than half of all remaining sagebrush habitat in the United States, the BLM is playing a leading role in developing and implementing land management actions to conserve the sage grouse. Maintaining and restoring sagebrush landscapes on public lands is the BLM’s primary means of conserving sage-grouse populations and one of its most important current programs. The BLM is working with partners to develop new or revised approaches to sage-grouse conservation through land-use plans that will carry out actions range-wide to conserve and restore the greater sage-grouse and its habitat on BLM lands.

Contact: Steve Small, National Sage Grouse Coordinator – 202.912.7366, ssmall@blm.gov
20 M Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In pursuit of that mission, the USFWS is committed to working closely with conservation partners to secure the viability of the greater sage grouse and to maintain healthy sagebrush ecosystems throughout the West. Through its Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, the USFWS has helped fund 13 of the 23 SGI SWAT positions, and is working directly with interested private landowners to deliver on-the-ground sagebrush steppe habitat restoration projects. In addition, the USFWS is working with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and State wildlife agencies to develop adequate conservation plans and regulatory mechanisms that will help ensure a future where the greater sage-grouse and its habitat can thrive.

Contact: Pat Deibert, PhD., National Sage Grouse Coordinator – 307.772.2374, ext. 226, pat_deibert@fws.gov
Wyoming Field Office: 5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009

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U.S. Forest Service

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service administers approximately 9 million acres of sagebrush habitats across the western United States, most of this in the Intermountain Region. Thirty national forests contribute to habitats for Greater Sage Grouse. As Forest Service lands are generally the higher elevation lands in the Intermountain West, most sage grouse habitats are mountain sagebrush and used for summer brood rearing. The Forest Service actively collaborates with the states and other federal agencies in the conservation and restoration of shrubsteppe habitats that are important to Greater Sage Grouse populations.

Contact: Clinton McCarthy, Regional Wildlife Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region – 801.625.5671, cmccarthy01@fs.fed.us
324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401

 

Nongovernmental Organizations

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COR Enterprises

COR Enterprises is a nonprofit agency that has been providing vocational and supported living services to adults with disabilities since 1971.  COR Enterprises produces fence markers for SGI projects, helping to reduce sage grouse mortality while providing paychecks and meaningful work for adults with disabilities.

Contact: Tony Braunstadter, Woodshop Manager – 406.294.6150, tbraunstadter@corenterprises.com
2121 Lampman Drive, Billings, MT 59102

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High Desert Museum

Mission: Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.  

Located just outside of Bend, Oregon, this well-known museum created and featured a special three-month exhibit in 2013-14 highlighting sustainable ranching and the Sage Grouse Initiative.The Museum has donated the exhibit panels to SGI to continue to share the messages, and plans to continue its educational support for SGI.

Contact: John Goodell, curator of natural history - 541.382.4754, jgoodell@highdesertmuseum.org, 59800 South Hwy 97, Bend, OR  97702

 

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Montana Conservation Corps

The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a nonprofit organization that empowers young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. Through their service, corps members gain skills, confidence, and a tangible experience of their ability to effect change in their lives and communities. In turn, they perform substantial service that provides lasting benefit for public lands. In partnership with SGI, MCC members gain knowledge on sage grouse and perform hands-on work to collect and plant native seeds and mark fence line to help recover sage grouse and sustain its habitat.

Contact: Tauzha Grantham, Eastern Wildlands Regional Supervisor – 406.651.1131, tauzha@mtcorps.org
2501 ½ Arnold Drive, Billings, MT 59102

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Mule Deer Foundation

The purpose of the Mule Deer Foundation is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. Some of the best mule deer habitat in the West can be found on the intact sagebrush landscapes that are vital to sage grouse conservation. That’s why the Mule Deer Foundation plays a key partnership role in SGI – employing two SGI field biologists in Utah. The organization also published a two-part series in the MDF magazine featuring grouse recovery programs linked to mule deer conservation (download Part 1 and Part 2 as PDFs).

Contact: Miles Moretti, President/CEO – 801-230-2207, miles@muledeer.org
1939 South 4130 West Suite H, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

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National Audubon Society

National Audubon Society has been deeply involved with sage grouse conservation efforts as part of its Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative, begun in 2007. Audubon’s efforts are based around policy, science and education. Audubon recognizes that successful landscape conservation requires working with a wide-range of partners and stakeholders. The national organization has state offices across the western region in sage grouse habitat – the initiative is based out of Colorado.

Contact: Brian Rutledge, Executive Director Rocky Mountain Region – 970.416.6931, brutledge@audubon.org
105 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

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National Wild Turkey Federation

NWTF is dedicated to conserving upland wildlife and their habitats and preserving our hunting heritage. NWTF works across the U.S. in partnership with state and federal agencies to design and deliver projects that conserve species ranging from sage grouse and big game animals in the West, to ruffed grouse and woodcock in the East, besides of course, wild turkeys. NWTF collaborates with SGI partners to jointly fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.

Contact: Brandon Houck, Director of Conservation Operations, Western Region –  620.443.5906, bhouck@nwtf.net
3869 Road E, Allen, KS 66833

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Nevada Wildlife Federation

An affiliate of National Wildlife Federation, the Nevada chapter published a sage grouse booklet for landowners, with a 2014 update in cooperation with the Nevada NRCS. Gale Dupree, author of the booklet, serves on the Bi-State Sage Grouse Working Group, as well as other sage grouse committees.

Contact: Robert Gaudet, President, 775.677.0927, nvwf@nvwf.org, Nevada Wildlife Federation
, PO Box 71238, Reno, NV 89570. Contact: Gale Dupree, ifish@earthling.net

 

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North American Grouse Partnership

The North American Grouse Partnership is dedicated to conserving upland wildlife and their habitats and preserving our hunting heritage. NWTF works across the U.S. in partnership with state and federal agencies to design and deliver projects that conserve species ranging from sage grouse and big game animals in the West, to ruffed grouse and woodcock in the East, besides of course, wild turkeys. NWTF collaborates with SGI partners to jointly fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.

Contact: Steve Riley, President –  402.786.5547, sriley@grousepartners.org
10630 N. 135th St., Waverly, NB 68462

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Oregon Hunters Association

OHA has been involved with the issues involving Sage Grouse in the state of Oregon for several years. Our chapter members conduct habitat projects benefiting Sage Grouse on an annual basis.

Contact: Ty Stubblefield, Field Administrator – 541.643.5327, oha_ty@yahoo.com
804 Bennett Ave. Medford, OR 97504

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Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever adds organizational support to SGI – managing funding and contracts and working closely with the Intermountain West Joint Venture. Pheasants Forever is a national group with hundreds of local chapters across the U.S. and Canada, and dedicated to conserving pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs. Currently, Pheasants Forever administers eight SGI field staff partnership positions in South Dakota, Nevada, California, Idaho, and Washington.

Contact: Rehan Nana, Public Relations Specialist – 651.209.4973, RNana@pheasantsforever.org
1783 Buerkle Circle, St. Paul, MN 55110

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Point Blue

Point Blue (formerly PRBO) advances conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people. Point Blue has worked in the sagebrush steppe since 1997 in partnership with the BLM, and co-founded the multistate Sagebrush Bird Conservation Network.

Contact: Wendell Gilgert, Working Landscapes Program Director – 530.592.3380, wgilgert@pointblue.org
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA 94954

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Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation

Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation works to save habitat on all upland wildlife, and includes local chapters that actively participate in sage grouse conservation. The organization’s mission: “Through and with our chapters, members and sponsors, maximize the recovery and restoration of the wild quail and other upland species through critical habitat management using sound science, with technology, and old fashioned sweat equity. Applying exceptional care and professional oversight to manage every penny raised for habitat and wildlife population recovery.

Contact: Paula Bennett, Administrative Coordinator, 417.345.5960, admin@quwf.net
22 Hackberry Road | P.O. Box 947, Buffalo, MO 65622

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Ranchers Stewardship Alliance

The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance promotes the ecological, social, and economic conditions that will sustain the biodiversity and integrity of America’s northern mixed grass prairie for present and future generations. We support cost-effective, sustainable conservation through private and public cooperation in a working landscape stewarded by profitable family ranches and thriving rural communities. RSA received a Montana Association of Conservation Districts(MACD) and Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Sage-grouse Opportunity Grant and used the grant funds for habitat stewardship for landowners in Phillips County, wildlife escape ramps in livestock watering troughs, brood counts on landowner property for sage grouse conservation, and area-specific presentations to local school youth on sage grouse conservation.  

Contact: Dale Veseth, Director – 406.658.2504, djvsth@mtintouch.net
22787 Midale Road  Malta, MT  59538

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Our mission is the conservation of birds and their habitat. We believe in proactive voluntary conservation for species on private lands and thus are a great fit with the SGI effort. Currently we are working with five partners to house SGI field staff positions in Kremmling, Colorado and Saratoga, Wyoming.

Contact: Seth Gallagher, Stewardship Director – 970.482.1707 x 12, seth.gallagher@rmbo.org
230 Cherry Street, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has funded habitat enhancement and land protection projects throughout the western states in sagebrush steppe habitats since its inception in 1984. Grants have been awarded to U.S.F.S., BLM, private landowners and state wildlife agencies. We have identified more than 33 million acres overlap with occupied elk habitat and the sage grouse core area. RMEF administers and helps fund an SGI field staff position in Craig, Colorado.

Contact: 800.CALL.ELK  |  800.225.5355, publicrelations@rmef.org
5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808

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Safari Club International Utah Chapter

Safari Club International is a leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. Collaborating with several SGI partners, Safari Club International Utah Chapter helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, UT.

Contact: Reed Haslam, Chapter President and Public Relations Chair – 801.201.3372, Rhaslam@nverzion.com 
3994 South Peachwood Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

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Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife

Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization of sportsmen members who are interested in preserving and increasing healthy populations of wildlife, including sage grouse, throughout the western United States. The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educate the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuate the family tradition of hunting and fishing. Collaborating with SGI partners, SFW helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.

Contact: Byron Bateman, President – 801.725.8526, byron@sfw.net
215 North Redwood Road #1, North Salt Lake, UT 84054

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The Nature Conservancy

TNC is a key partner in science and policy projects across the range of sage grouse that include – quantifying the benefits of Wyoming’s core area strategy and conservation easements; mapping Oregon’s juniper sagebrush shrublands to inform restoration; working with Montana ranchers on innovative grazing strategies; helping to develop Idaho’s state sage grouse plan and working with Colorado partners to secure large tracts of habitat.

National Contacts for TNC:
Michael Powelson – 503.233.4243, mpowelson@tnc.org
David Mehlman – 505.946.2022, dmehlman@tnc.org

Colorado: Megan Kram – 720.974.7004, mkram@tnc.org
Colorado: Chris Pague – 720.974.7005, cpague@tnc.org
Idaho: Bas Hargrove – 208.350.2207, bhargrove@tnc.org
Montana: Brian Martin – 406.443.6733, bmartin@tnc.org
Nevada: Michael Cameron – 775.322.4990, mcameron@tnc.org
North and South Dakota: Bob Paulson – 605.342.4040, bpaulson@tnc.org
Oregon: Cathy MacDonald – 503.802.8134, cmacdonald@tnc.org
Utah: Joan Degiorgio – 801.238.2327, jdegiorgio@tnc.org
Wyoming: Holly Copeland – 307.335.2129, hcopeland@tnc.org
Juniper Mapping and Tillage Risk Study: Jeff Evans – 970.672.6766, jevans@tnc.org
Range-Wide Assessment Study: Sharon Baruch-Mordo – 970.484.9598, sbaruch-mordo@tnc.org 

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Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)

Mission: We guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying our partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding.

TRCP showcased SGI on a panel forum at its 2013 Outdoor Media Summit
and continues to support the Initiative through its policy work.

Contact: Whit Fosburgh, President & CEO, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 208
Washington, D.C., 20036, 202.639.8727, wfosburgh@trcp.org, Also: Katie McCalip, Media Relations Director, kmckalip@trcp.org; Ed Arnett, Center for Responsible Energy Development Director, earnett@trcp.org

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Utah Chukar & Wildlife Foundation

The Utah Chukar & Wildlife Foundation works to promote upland game and their habitat on Utah’s public lands. UCWF helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah, and provides volunteer support for field projects.

Contact: Travis Proctor, President – 801.360.6553, travis.chukar@gmail.com
3725 North Old Highway 91, Nephi, UT 84648

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Western Sustainability Exchange

Western Sustainability Exchange consists of local, regional, national and international partners working cooperatively to resolve problems facing the rural West. Our members are farmers and ranchers, small business owners, conservationists, sportsmen, real estate professionals, retirees, teachers and more – encompassing the full spectrum of people living in the region. Western Sustainability Exchange is a recipient of a Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Sage-grouse Opportunity Grant. WSE will use the grant funds to investigate market-based rewards for stewardship of sage-grouse habitat.

Contact: Lill Erickson, Executive Director – 406.222.0730, lerickson@wsestaff.org
PO Box 1448, Livingston, MT 59047

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World Wildlife Fund

WWF is a supporting partner for science related to the impacts of climate change on sagebrush habitat and West Nile virus occurrence, as well as migratory patterns and genetics of greater sage-grouse populations along the U.S.-Canadian border. WWF is also helping to fund a Sage Grouse Initiative field position in eastern Montana.

Contact: Martha Kauffman, Managing Director, Northern Great Plains – 406-582-0235, martha.kauffman@wwfus.org
P.O. Box 7276, Bozeman, MT 59771

 

Partnerships

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Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership

We seek to work collaboratively with land management agencies, private landowners and grazing permit holders on restoration projects and fence conversion projects. The area of our focus is in the Bodie Hills in Mono County, California.

Contact: Jeff Hunter - 423.322.7866, jeff@bodiehills.org |  PO Box 386, June Lake, CA, 93529

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Intermountain West Joint Venture

IWJV conserves priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs. In 2011, IWJV teamed up with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and more than 30 partners to carry out the SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team – that expands field delivery, science and communications over the next three years. NRCS and partners contributed $10.6 million to hire 23 new range conservationists and wildlife biologists, plus a cultural resources specialist. In addition to the partner positions, SGI now has more resources to evaluate and communicate the effectiveness of conservation practices, quantify biological benefits to sage grouse, and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual data to determine if sage grouse can remain off the endangered species list.

Download national fact sheet on Joint Ventures

Contact: 406.549.0732info@iwjv.org
1001 South Higgins Avenue, Suite A1, Missoula, MT  59801

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is the national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 28,000 individual members and 64 state affiliate, breed and industry organization members. Together NCBA represents more than 230,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders. NCBA works to advance the economic, political and social interests of the U.S. cattle business and to be an advocate for the cattle industry’s policy positions and economic interests.

Contact: Dustin Van Liew, Executive Director – 202.879.9126, dvanliew@beef.org
Theodora Dowling, Manager of legislative affairs – 202.879.9135, tdowling@beef.org
Public Lands Council, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20004

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Public Lands Council

The Public Lands Council has represented livestock ranchers who use public lands since 1968, preserving the natural resources and unique heritage of the West. Public land ranchers own nearly 120 million acres of the most productive private land and manage vast areas of public land, accounting for critical wildlife habitat and the nation’s natural resources. PLC works to maintain a stable business environment in which livestock producers can conserve the West and feed the nation and world.

Contact: Dustin Van Liew, Executive Director – 202.879.9126, dvanliew@beef.org
Theodora Dowling, Manager of Legislative Affairs – 202.879.9135, tdowling@beef.org
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20004

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San Miguel Basin Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group

Mission: to work together and coordinate efforts to ensure a thriving population of Gunnison sage grouse in a healthy, conserved sagebrush ecosystem while helping to ensure a sustainable community in the San Miguel Basin, Colorado. The working group conserves sage grouse habitat by writing grants, raising funds, and coordinating the donation or purchase of land and/or conservation easements; plans and coordinates habitat improvement projects; provides comments on land use decisions that effect Gunnison Sage Grouse; helps people learn more about Gunnison Sage Grouse and the threats to its survival; and holds working group and committee meetings to share information and to plan and implement strategies.

Contact: Leigh Robertson, Coordinator – 970.316.1650, info@sanmiguelgrouse.org
596 Sabeta Dr., # D, Ridgway, CO 81432

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Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Sage-grouse Technical Team determined that sage-grouse were in need of conservation actions in 1995.  WAFWA established a formal working relationship with the USFWS, USFS and BLM in 2000 to determine the status and trends of sage-grouse populations and develop a strategy to address conservation needs.  In 2008, WAFWA and its partners added the USGS, Farm Service Agency and NRCS to our “family” of sage-grouse conservation agencies.  In 2010, the USFWS made a “warranted” finding for Greater Sage-grouse, and the NRCS announced SGI.  Many of the conservation actions funded by SGI come from the palette of conservation actions found in the Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Strategy.  SGI, WAFWA and our other Federal agencies maintain constant communication regarding threats to sage-grouse and conservation actions to address those threats.

Contact: San Stiver, WAFWA Sage-grouse Coordinator – 928.443.5158, stiver@cableone.net
522 Notre Dame Ct. Cheyenne, WY 82009

 

Private Corporations

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AMCOL International

American Colloid Company, part of AMCOL International, contributed funding in 2013 for a new fence-marking project in Montana, designed to prevent  sage grouse collisions, with plans for continuing the partnership with SGI-NRCS.  AMCOL, a leading producer and supplier of high quality bentonite and value-added bentonite products since 1927, participates in sage grouse conservation in multiple ways, including a partnership with the University of Wyoming to study populations in Montana and Wyoming. 

AMCOL statement: “At AMCOL, we believe in applying innovation to our planning, products, services, and operations to build and balance economic, environmental and social value for our shareholders, our people, our communities and our customers. We live, work, and enjoy recreation in the West, and take pride in ensuring that future generations can do the same.”

Contact:  Matthew Dillon, environmental manager– 307.548.5142, matthew.dillon@colloid.com
PO Box 428 92 Highway 37, Lovell, WY, 82431

 

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ConocoPhillips

An international corporation, over 17,000 men and women work in a truly integrated way to find and produce oil and natural gas. ConocoPhillips is committed to the efficient and effective exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Producing oil and natural gas and getting them to market takes ingenuity, technology and investment. Innovative, collaborative efforts yield products that improve quality of life globally while producing economic benefits with far-reaching influence. For ConocoPhillips, sustainable development is about conducting its business to promote economic growth, a healthy environment and vibrant communities, now and into the future.​ Currently, ConocoPhillips is collaborating with several SGI partners to fund SGI field staff positions in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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Mom & Pop Products Co. (Fence-flag)

This company is the inventor & manufacturer distributor of the FENCE-FLAG®, a Fence warning device that attaches SLIP RESISTANT to mitigate Wire fence impact. The owners offer a financial discount, below retail, advantage to all government entities (federal or state) and conservation groups that would include SGI, with a minimum order as part of the order. A free sample is available on request.

Contact: Donald J. & Dolores B. Kaleta, owners, — 440.474.4120 | fenceflag@windstream.net, 4979 Ireland Rd., Rome, OH, 44085

 

 

 

 

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Nixalite of America Inc

Nixalite manufactures and distributes humane bird and wildlife deterrents. Nixalite will offer discounts (wholesale prices) to anyone who is using their products for the protection of wildlife. Specific recommendations for perch deterrents for ravens and raptors in sage grouse country are the E-Spike Economy Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. These spikes prevent large birds from perching but allow songbirds to perch.  For an article with photographs showing Nixalite perch deterrents being placed as part of a larger fencemarking project in Nevada, please click here.

Contact: Cory Gellerstedt, President – 800.624.1189, cory@nixalite.com, 1025 16th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois, 61244

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Pexco LLC

Since 1984, Pexco has been creating products to save lives through its Davidson Traffic Control Products division. With the introduction of its new Sage Grouse Fence Marker, Pexco has applied its expertise in plastics manufacturing to reduce costs of fencemarkers to its clients, and offers discounts to Sage Grouse Initiative participants.

Contact: Peter Speer, Vice President of Sales –Toll free 877-335-4638, peter.speer@pexco.com
3110 70th Ave East, Tacoma, WA, 98424

 

 

Private Land Trusts

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Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust protects Colorado’s agricultural land, heritage and families for future generations by conserving working rural landscapes. In doing so, CCALT protects conservation values, including wildlife habitat, scenic resources and open space. Many of the agricultural properties that CCALT has protected or is working to protect are located in key sage grouse habitat areas. CCALT’s work is essential to preventing additional habitat fragmentation.

Contact: Chris West, Executive Director, 303.225.8677, info@ccalt.org
8833 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80134

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Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. The bi-state population of greater sage-grouse, determined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to be a distinct population segment for consideration under the Endangered Species Act, occur exclusively in the Eastern Sierra regions of California and Nevada and utilize habitat occurring on both public and privately owned lands. Our organization works with interested private landowners, in close coordination with agency partners, to permanently preserve key habitats on which the grouse depend. ESLT has completed several large conservation easement projects that provide habitat for grouse and has additional current projects underway.

Contact: Aaron Johnson, Lands Director – 760.873.4554, aaron@eslt.org
P.O. Box 755, Bishop, CA 93515

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Lassen Land and Trails Trust

The Trust works to conserve natural resources and working lands in Lassen and southern Modoc counties in North Eastern California. The Trust is an active partner in the Buffalo-Skedaddle Landscape Restoration and Conservation Initiative.

Contact: Amy Holmen, Land Manager —  530.257.3252, land@lassenlandandtrailstrust.org | PO Box 1461, Susanville, CA, 96130.

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Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is the 9th largest private, local holder of conservation easements in the U.S. with 170,000 acres of working ranch lands under conservation easement. Founded by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the land trust is governed by a Board of Directors who represent Wyoming’s agricultural community. The Stock Growers Land Trust focuses its efforts on the conservation of land actively producing food and fiber and the facilitation of generational transfer and has worked to conserve tens of thousands of acres in sage grouse core areas.

Contact: Pam Dewell, Executive Director – 307.772.8751, pam@wsgalt.org
PO Box 268, Cheyenne, WY 82003

 

State Wildlife Agencies

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The sage grouse is a permanent resident in northeastern California, ranging from the Oregon border along the east side of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada to northern Inyo County. Lassen and Mono counties have the most stable populations. The agency works on cooperative conservation with SGI with the bi-state population (straddling the Nevada-California line) and in restoration efforts near the Oregon border.

Contact: Kyle Orr, Information Officer –  916.322.8958, Kyle.Orr@wildlife.ca.gov
1807 13th St., Suite 104, Sacramento, CA 95811

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is participating in a collaborative conservation effort designed to support greater sage grouse populations and protect greater sage grouse habitat, so that there is no need for the federal government to list the bird. Recently, CPW biologists completed a map of high-priority greater sage-grouse habitat in northwestern Colorado at the request of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The map depicts the current distribution of the bird in Colorado, based on the best available science. It provides a biological basis for land use recommendations that focus conservation efforts on the most important habitat.

Kathy Griffin, Species Conservation Coordinator – 970.255.6146, kathy.griffin@state.co.us

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Idaho Fish and Game

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is charged by the citizens of Idaho with managing the state’s wildlife. The department is a partner in the Sage Grouse Initiative effort, providing funding and technical assistance to landowners and helping fund three SGI field staff positions in Idaho.

Contact: Sal Palazzolo, Private Lands/ Farm Bill Coordinator – 208.287.2752, sal.palazzolo@idfg.idaho.gov
600 S. Walnut Street  |  P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707

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Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks helped NRCS form a state EQIP special initiative dating back as early as 2005, intending to help conserve sage grouse habitats through grazing management. Various training and planning sessions were the basis for what later became SGI. MFWP has continued to collaborate with NRCS through jointly funded positions (including the SGI field staff position in Glasgow, MT) as well as through a cooperative study of grazing management to determine the program’s effectiveness to conserve sage grouse. MFWP is responsible for managing and conserving all wildlife within the state. Long-term monitoring, research, technical guidance, outreach and habitat conservation are the primary roles played by MFWP to conserve sage grouse and other wildlife.

Contact: Catherine Wightman, Wildlife Habitat Coordinator – 406.444.3377, cwightman@mt.gov
P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620

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Nevada Department of Wildlife

NDOW is the state agency responsible for the preservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources in Nevada. NDOW is working closely with federal land management agencies such as BLM and U.S. Forest Service. Collaboration is in high gear with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, local conservation districts, NGOs, private landowners, and many other entities to incorporate the opportunities afforded by the SGI into current planning and restoration efforts to benefit sage grouse. NRCS and NDOW have increased partnership activities in the last several years, which has enabled the hiring of several shared positions which provides a more concerted focus on sage grouse habitat preservation and restoration on both public and private lands throughout Nevada.

Contact: Jody Wilkinson, Administrative Assistant for NDOW Game Division – 775.688.1529, jwilkinson@ndow.org
Shawn Espinosa, Upland Game Staff Specialist – 775.688.1523, sespinosa@ndow.org
Connie Lee, Private Lands and Farm Bill Coordinator – 775.777.2392, conlee@ndow.org
1100 Valley Rd. Reno, NV  89512
 

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department

North Dakota works with SGI on the edge of its range, in partnerships to restore sagebrush rangelands. 

Contact: Aaron Robinson, Upland Game Biologist – 701.227.7431, acrobinson@nd.gov
225 30th Ave SW, Dickinson, ND 58601

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has supported the NRSC Sage Grouse Initiative since its inception. The joint effort helps achieve the missions of our respective agencies, while providing measurable benefits for both sage grouse and private landowners of Eastern Oregon. The solid reputation of NRCS and its working relationships with private landowners, combined with ODFW’s biological expertise for initial assessment and effectiveness monitoring makes for a powerful team. ODFW collaborates with SGI partners to fund SGI field staff positions in Ontario and Lakeview, Oregon.

Contact: Dawn Davis, Sage-Grouse Conservation Coordinator – 541.573.6582, Fax: 541.573.5306. dawn.m.davis@state.or.us 
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 237 S. Hines Rd., P.O. Box 8, Hines, OR 97738

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Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas.  Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live.  OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars and salmon license plate revenue.  The agency is led by a 17-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes and federal and state natural resources agency boards and commissions.  OWEB awards funding to assist with planning and coordination activities associated with the Governor’s Office priority Sage-Grouse/Rangeland Initiative. Collaborating with several SGI partners, OWEB helps fund the Baker City, Oregon, SGI field staff position. 

Contact: Meta Loftsgaarden, Deputy Director – 503.986.0203, meta.loftsgaarden@state.or.us
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290

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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

The Wildlife Division of South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks manages South Dakota’s wildlife and fisheries resources and their associated habitats for their sustained and equitable use, and for the benefit, welfare, and enjoyment of the citizens of our state and its visitors. The Wildlife Division recognizes habitat conservation and management as crucial for sustaining our wildlife trust resources, and offers a number of cost share programs to assist private landowners in developing and conserving wildlife habitat on their property. Wildlife Division biologists and managers work with landowners and other conservation partners to provide technical and financial assistance, and to implement habitat conservation practices that benefit wildlife, including sage grouse, while meeting the needs of landowners.

Contact: Paul Coughlin, Wildlife Habitat Program Administer – 605.223.7660, Wildinfo@state.sd.us
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501

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Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) partners with the Sage Grouse Initiative through its Grazing Improvement Program (GIP). The GIP works to improve the productivity, health, and sustainability of our rangelands and watersheds to strengthen Utah’s livestock industry, improve rural economies, and enhance the environment. The program has benefited some 2.5 million acres, utilizing strategies like increasing water availability and using scientific approaches to enhance livestock grazing management. The UDAF administers and helps fund an SGI field staff position in Randolph, Utah.

Contact: Taylor Payne, Rich County SGI Coordinator – 435.793.3905, taylorpayne@utah.gov
PO Box 97, Randolph, UT 84064

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The mission of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is to serve the people of Utah as trustee and guardian of the state’s wildlife, and to ensure its future and values through management, protection, conservation and education. The UDWR is committed to preserving sage grouse populations and habitat and is actively restoring quality sagebrush habitats which are vital to sage grouse survival. Establishing partnerships with private landowners is a critical component of the protection and conservation of sage grouse. UDWR collaborates with SGI partners to jointly fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.

Contact: Jason Robinson, Upland Game Coordinator – 801.538.4786, jasonrobinson@utah.gov
1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife produces and implements the recovery plan, monitors sage-grouse populations, collaborates with partners to improve sage-grouse genetic diversity and reintroduce new populations, and provides data to partners to assist with targeting of conservation funding.

Contact: Don Larsen, Private Land Coordinator – 509.323.2967, don.larsen@dfw.wa.gov
316 W Boone Ave., Suite 450, Spokane WA 99201

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Wyoming is home to nearly 40% of all sage-grouse.  As the agency charged with managing the state’s wildlife, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plays a key role in the implementation of the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Core Area Strategy, administers and helps implement eight local sage-grouse working group plans, conducts and coordinates sage-grouse population monitoring and is a partner in SGI.

Contact: Tom Christiansen, Sage Grouse Program Coordinator – 307.875.3225 ext 18610, tom.christiansen@wyo.gov
351 Astle Ave. Green River, WY  82006

 

Universities and Colleges

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Little Big Horn College

Little Big Horn College, a 1994 Land Grant Institution, is the Crow higher education and cultural center that grants Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and certificates in areas that reflect the developing economic opportunities and social needs of the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. Little Big Horn College is a recipient of a Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Sage-grouse Opportunity Grant. Grant funds will be used to launch a sage-grouse seed collection project.

Contact: David Small, Dean of Administration – 406.638.3100, smalld@lbhc.edu
8645 S. Weaver Dr., Crow Agency, MT 59022  

“I’ve been involved in wildlife conservation since the 1970s and have never seen an effort like this that goes across state lines, agency lines, and with such public and private partnerships.”

 

- Roy Elicker, director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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