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marking-fences-saves-sage-grouse-from-collision -402Marking Fences Saves Lives in Sage Grouse Country

August 4, 2015

The article below was adapted from this post written by Ron Francis and Lori Valadez, which appeared on the USDA Blog. In the “New West,” livestock fencing can be marked to help reduce collisions for sage grouse and other wildlife. The Sage Grouse Initiative is working with ranchers to improve habitat for sage grouse across the West. One of our […]

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Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)Western Biologists Say Sage Grouse Numbers Surged in 2014 and 2015

August 3, 2015

According to scientists in Western states, greater sage-grouse numbers in the West have grown by nearly two-thirds since 2013, marking what could be a significant rebound to the bird’s previous several years of decline.

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success on the range pic 2Success on the Range | New Montana Partnership Highlights Benefit of Cooperative Conservation

July 20, 2015

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative is pioneering a conservation approach that invites cooperation over conflict across the West. This recipe for success is transferable locally and statewide, as evidenced by a new MOU signed by Governor Bullock and NRCS Chief Jason Weller today in Montana.

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Field staff help landowners put in place  rangeland practices that conserve sage grouse. Photo by Linda Poole.Reducing Cultivation of Grazing Lands Conserves Sage Grouse

July 13, 2015

In the northeast part of sage grouse range, 70% of the best habitat is privately owned-–and the single greatest threat in this region is cultivation of native sagebrush grazing lands. Read more in this new Science to Solutions report.

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Sage grouse in flight - 402Building Conservation Capacity | What’s New at SGI

July 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce a few staff changes within SGI, which will build our capacity and allow us to deliver even more voluntary conservation programs to landowners throughout the West.

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Wes McStay - SGI rancher in CO - by Lauren BenderWhere the Sage Grouse Roam: Ranching for Conservation in Colorado

June 29, 2015

This story on Colorado rancher Wes McStay’s conservation practices comes from “Where the sage grouse roam” by Lauren Blair. This 3-part series appeared in the Craig Daily Press in June 2015.

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Lisa Coverdale, NRCS state conservationist for Montana, and Elena Evans, executive director for the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Inc., sign an agreement to add another SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team position in Ekalaka, Montana.Partners Add New SGI Field Position in Montana | Job Announcement

June 12, 2015

The Sage Grouse Initiative’s Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) is hiring a Range and Wildlife Conservationist to fill a newly created position in Montana. Download the job announcement here.

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featured_pheasantsSGI Featured Friend | Pheasants Forever

June 9, 2015

Learn more about how SGI partner Pheasants Forever is using aerial surveys to find sage grouse that like to play “hide-and-seek” in Washington state.

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