Magazine Stories

cow or plow MT outdoorsMontana Outdoors Magazine | “Ranching the Best Hope for Grassland Songbirds”

March 18, 2016

by Catherine Wightman | Ranchers manage their land to sustain grass production, which benefits bovines and birds on Montana’s agricultural Hi-Line.

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progressive rancher sgi map spreadThe Progressive Rancher | Science and Tech Bolster USDA, Partners’ Conservation Work in Western States

March 3, 2016

by Heather Emmons | The Progressive Rancher published the following story about the Sage Grouse Initiative’s new interactive web application in its March 2016 issue. Read on to learn how science is bolstering wildlife conservation in the West.

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Bugle Photo for elk and sage grouse storyThe Future For Sage Grouse, Elk, & the 40 Million Acres of Sagebrush They Share | Bugle Magazine

December 16, 2015

By Nicky Ouellet | This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s “Bugle” magazine, and explores how conservation efforts can benefit big game and upland birds on their shared range.

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saving sage grouse - Brianna Randall - OBSaving Sage Grouse | Conserving Montana’s Largest Game Bird

October 5, 2015

By Brianna Randall. Stamping my feet on the frozen ground, I waited impatiently for an elusive football-sized bird to appear in the murky pre-dawn light. A spotting scope stood at the ready, my tool to count sage grouse during their annual quirky courtship dance.

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Building Bridges | Ranchers Are Stewards of the Land

September 20, 2015

In recent years, a new appreciation is taking hold in the West about the role and benefits of sustainable ranching. The article below captures the essence of why we believe that sage grouse conservation is best achieved through working cooperatively on private lands

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High Country News Sage Grouse Story | The Endangered Species Act’s Biggest Experiment

August 24, 2015

High Country News senior editor Jodi Peterson does an excellent job of introducing readers to the conservation history of sage grouse, and the landscape-scale collaborative efforts underway to save this unique bird and its dwindling habitat.

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national geographic - sage grouse storyNational Geographic Story: Can Sage-Grouse Be Saved Without Shutting Down the West?

May 26, 2015

Last week, National Geographic Magazine featured an in-depth story on sage grouse, including SGI’s conservation efforts centered around these dwindling upland birds.

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Bay Nature Article: “What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse”

April 24, 2015

Bay Nature Magazine featured an excellent story by Eric Simons on the Bi-State sage grouse, its habitat, and how it is reshaping conservation in the U.S. SGI is proud to be involved in the unprecedented partnership working to conserve the distinct population of sage grouse in California and Nevada.

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John Deere’s “The Furrow” Magazine Features SGI Ranchers in Montana

April 6, 2015

This story on voluntary range improvements by Montana ranchers Patrick and Christy Lohof appears in the new Spring edition of John Deere’s The Furrow magazine. Read on to see excerpts from “To lek with grazing” by Martha Mintz.

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Delaney 44 Ranch Helps Preserve Essential Sage Grouse Habitat in Montana

December 12, 2014

Big Sky Journal’s Winter Edition- 2014, features a Sage Grouse Initiative Rancher Success Story. Meet Deb and Mike Delaney. (a version of this article first appeared in Beef Magazine):