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More than half of all remaining habitat for the greater sage-grouse is on public lands, most of it managed by the Bureau of Land Management

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Male sage grouse displaying. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Sage grouse are a landscape species that don’t stop at fences. These iconic birds need large expanses of intact habitat to survive, and require conservation strategies that work across property boundaries. That’s why SGI partners with private landowners as well as agencies that manage public lands to ensure conservation efforts span both sides of the fence in 11 western states.

The BLM recently signed a 5-year agreement to promote win-win solutions for people and wildlife on public lands across the sagebrush sea. Their targeted conservation projects will build off the successful model pioneered by the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative on private ranchlands.

Collaboration between diverse partners is what’s working to save sage grouse as well as the vast sagebrush sea that sustains communities and 350+ species. The new agreement between BLM and the Intermountain West Joint Venture shows impressive commitment to working cooperatively across boundaries to benefit both working lands and wildlife.


BLM is prioritizing these on-the-ground conservation practices
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 (1) Remove encroaching conifers to prevent the loss of native shrubs, grasses and forbs that sage grouse and other wildlife depend upon to thrive. Watch this video about conifer encroachment into sagebrush communities and the collaborative strategies to restore these habitats.

(2) Reduce the threats of invasive annual grasses and catastrophic wildfire by increasing support for actions that protect and restore prime sage grouse habitat before, during, and after wildfires. Watch this video about the collaborative Burley Landscape habitat restoration project in Idaho.

(3) Restore wet meadows (mesic areas) to protect and enhance sage grouse brooding and chick rearing habitats. Read this Science to Solutions research about the importance of mesic areas for sage grouse and the fact that we need an ‘all-lands’ approach to conserve them.


Stories From The Sagebrush Sea On Public Land Partnerships:

 

Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella

October 25, 2016

New songbird maps provide tools to help expand the benefits of sage grouse conservation to more wildlife species in the sagebrush community. Learn more from our latest Science to Solutions report on the wide-ranging impacts of improving sagebrush habitat.

Collaborative conservation means working with people to conserve the land that sustains us. Annie, an SGI-NRCS staffer, and Nikki worked together to enhance wildlife habitat and the bottom line on the Shirley Ranch.Collaborative Conservation Is Paying Off For The Sagebrush Ecosystem

October 5, 2016

A new joint report and story map highlight continued sagebrush conservation partnerships that are working for wildlife and ranchers in the West. Learn more about “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation & the Sagebrush Ecosystem – Collaborative Conservation at Work.”

New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA

October 3, 2016

by Jennifer Hayes and Brianna Randall | New SGI research finds five genetic subpopulations of sage grouse in Montana and the Dakotas, which are synonymous with the existing conservation management boundaries.

Tracking Success – 2016 Report | Maintaining Momentum To Conserve Sagebrush Country

September 22, 2016

As the Sage Grouse Initiative finishes our 6th year, we are proud to be a model for how to enhance working lands and wildlife. Check out our “Tracking Success – 2016 Report” to see what SGI accomplished this past year.

cheap and cheerful restorationSGI Workshop Explores ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ Riparian Restoration to Benefit Wildlife and Ranchers

September 15, 2016

At a recent SGI-sponsored workshop, practitioners from around the West learned from beavers about how to heal streams and store water longer on the range. See the photos and read more.

by Brianna Randall about the Sage Grouse InitaitiveA Special Recipe For Saving Sage Grouse | Wildlife Photographic Magazine Feature

September 13, 2016

by Brianna Randall | This multi-media story about the Sage Grouse Initiative is the feature in the new issue of Wildlife Photographic Magazine. Learn more about SGI’s priorities and practices in the story.

Kennedy Ranch Conservation Improvements Benefit Both Livestock And Wildlife In Utah

August 23, 2016

In northeastern Utah, the Kennedy family’s land ethic and commitment to improving natural resources has led them to expand their ranch. Learn how SGI helped them install water delivery systems and adopt rotational grazing to improve agricultural operations.

Jessie sows sagebrush seed with the inmate crew at Snake River Correctional Institution. SRCI is growing 40,000 sagebrush seedlings for 2016Why Grow Sagebrush Seedlings in Prisons?

August 11, 2016

The Sagebrush Project, part of the Sustainability in Prisons Project, expands the opportunities for 175 inmates in 11 prisons across 6 states by teaching them to grow sagebrush seedlings. In turn, these seedlings restore vital habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife on BLM lands across the West.