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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

Photo to the left by Lauren Blair: Moffat County rancher Wes McStay helps create healthy sagebrush habitat through sustainable grazing practices. The story below is excerpted from Where the sage grouse roam by Lauren Blair. This 3-part series appeared in the Craig Daily Press in June 2015. Preserving landscape and grouse “The big empty. Wild country,” McStay said of the land. “And […]

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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_pheasantsFeatured 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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O'Toole Family on Ladder Ranch in Wyoming - photo courtesy of Pat O'Toole.Stories From the Range: New Report Highlights Ranchers Restoring Habitat for Sage Grouse

June 8, 2015

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the Sand County Foundation’s publication “Stories From The Range,” which features six different ranchers’ sage grouse conservation successes, including SGI projects.

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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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WAFWA Invasive Report-402X521Invasive Plants in Sage Grouse Habitat – Strategy Report Released

May 19, 2015

A new report from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies assesses the threat of invasive weeds to sage grouse habitat, the barriers to overcoming it, and recommends 11 key strategies to address the serious threat that is exacerbated by wildfires.

Pokorney family on Wyoming RanchPokorny Family Benefits Birds and Range on Wyoming Ranch

May 18, 2015

Sage grouse like the habitat around the Pokorny Ranch, and the Pokornys like the conservation improvements SGI helped them make on their Wyoming ranch. “They were the first landowners I had to enroll in the program,” says Kevin Edinger with the Wyoming NRCS. “These folks are really progressive operators. They’re as good as it gets.”

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YustJohnFielder-402Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust Protects Ranch on Colorado River

May 13, 2015

Big news today from our partner: Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust! And a big thank you to the Yust family for their generosity and gift to future generations–protecting sage grouse and trout habitat and river recreation all together