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rancher-with-livestock-small-402Bi-Partisan Commentary | Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines

September 2, 2015

A new bi-partisan commentary came out yesterday in Roll Call by Bruce Knight and Dave White, both former chiefs for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These two conservation experts agree that voluntary programs–like the Sage Grouse Initiative–that improve water, soil, and wildlife habitat are programs that unite Republicans and Democrats.

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whole team in minden aug 2015Sage Grouse Conservation Leaders Recognized in California & Nevada

September 1, 2015

This month, SGI and SWAT staff gathered together on the California-Nevada border to share notes, and learn from the unprecedented conservation efforts centered around the Bi-State distinct population of Greater sage-grouse. The highlight of the meeting was an award ceremony that recognized cooperative conservation leaders in the region.

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healthy sagebrush plantsNew Tools For Land Managers | Predicting Vegetation Response to Treatments and Wildfire

August 31, 2015

Maintaining a resilient sagebrush steppe is job number one for sustaining sage grouse populations in the West. New tools are available to help conservationists better assess and manage vegetation to improve ecosystem resilience before and after wildfire.

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SGI 2.0 photo ken miracle - FBNew Sage Grouse Strategy Unveiled: $760 Million Invested by 2018

August 27, 2015

The Sage Grouse Initiative has enrolled 1,129 ranchers to conserve 4.4 million acres. We plan to double those numbers by 2018 with a new investment strategy that invests another $211 of Farm Bill dollars in 11 western states.

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Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)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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two cowboys riding in fieldDepartment of Defense Dedicates $2 Million to Protect Sage Grouse in Nevada

August 19, 2015

The Department of Defense announced more than $2 million in funding from the Military Services’ Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program to protect prime greater sage-grouse habitat in Nevada, a collaborative project with diverse partners.

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fire prevention - steve stuebnerWildfire Management Strategies | New Video Shows Projects that Protect the Sagebrush Sea

A new video by Steve Stuebner shows how fire prevention policies and ambitious rangeland restoration strategies are working to protect prime sage grouse habitat.

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sage grouse - usda nrcs photo - grown by two-thirds since 2013New Report | Sage Grouse Populations On the Rise

August 18, 2015

According to a new report by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the population of the greater sage-grouse has grown by nearly two-thirds since 2013 across the West.

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