New Science to Solution Series: Targeting Early Phase Conifer Removal Key to Restoring Sage Grouse Habitat
April 9, 2014 | No Comments »
Removing junipers and other conifers that are early invaders of sagebrush-steppe is less costly, and much more likely to be effective, than a delay-and-repair approach that tries to turn a mature forest back into a sagebrush ecosystem again. That’s a key message of the second of the Sage Grouse Initiative Science to Solution series, titled Conifer Removal Restores Sage Grouse Habitat.
March 26, 2014 | No Comments »
The Sage Grouse Initiative relies on its 24 partner field staff to work one-on-one with landowners in sage grouse strongholds across 11 western states. Every rangeland conservationist or biologist comes well-qualified for the competitive positions. However, a key component for every new hire is to be trained specifically to carry out SGI. That means learning everything from in-depth sage grouse biology to tips and tools for working with landowners and building community partnerships.
Western Governors’ Association Releases Major Sage Grouse Report Highlighting State & Local Efforts to Conserve the Species
March 24, 2014 | No Comments »
The Sage Grouse Initiative commends the impressive collaboration that’s underway at federal, state and local levels to proactively address the threats to sage grouse and sagebrush habitat. SGI is an active participant of the State-Federal Sage Grouse Task force of the Western Governor’s Association. The new report summarizes federal efforts, and goes into depth on the state and local accomplishments.
Voluntary conservation effort promotes improved lesser prairie-chicken habitat: Partnership with Pheasants Forever will provide $5 million for effort
Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie, announced a renewed and expanded partnership to provide expert habitat advice to farmers and ranchers managing land within lesser prairie-chicken range. Pheasants Forever partnership (March 21 news release).
March 20, 2014 | No Comments »
The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) regularly joins with its partners to fund and support science that is designed to help guide conservation solutions on the ground. Today, we announce the first in our “Science to Solutions” series for the public, titled “Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse.” The next in the series will focus on the removal of conifers invading historic sagebrush-steppe.
March 14, 2014 | No Comments »
“But when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides in 2015 whether to list the grouse as a threatened creature under the Endangered Species Act, it will be looking at the contribution private lands play in the survival of the bird.” Read more
February 28, 2014 | No Comments »
March, April and early May mark the sage grouse dancing season, when males assemble at dawn every day on “leks,” (open natural dance floors in the sage grouse) and put on breathtaking displays as they compete for the very picky hens. The timing of the breeding season depends a bit on elevation.
IWJV News: SGI Partner Positions Offer a New Model for Field Staffing to Help Ranchers Conserve Sage Grouse
February 25, 2014 | No Comments »
When Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) range conservationist Mandi Hirsch heads out into the sagebrush from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Lander, Wyoming, she represents not one agency but six partners.