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Flames racing across sagebrushNew NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country

March 31, 2016

A new resource released by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will help private and public land managers work collaboratively to get ahead of the curve and reduce risks from megafires using fuel breaks. Large-scale wildfires are one of the greatest threats to sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems in the West.

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SGI’s new coordinator brings extensive experience and a history of success sage grouse and sagebrush conservation.Meet Thad Heater, SGI’s New Coordinator

January 10, 2016

The SGI Team is happy to announce the recent selection of Thad Heater as SGI’s new permanent coordinator. Thad brings extensive experience and a history of success working to conserve natural resources throughout the West.

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Bi-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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New 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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Success 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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SGI outcomes in conservation for sage grouse initiativeSGI “Outcomes in Conservation” Report Demonstrates Positive Impact of $300 Million Investment in West

March 12, 2015

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a report showing that since 2010 USDA and its partners in the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) have worked with private landowners to restore 4.4 million acres of habitat for sage-grouse while maintaining working landscapes across the West. USDA also announced today that, through the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, it will invest in new sage-grouse conservation work over four years.

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Webinar on Sage Grouse Conservation from 2010-2015

February 18, 2015

This webinar from NRCS Chief Jason Weller shows maps and metrics detailing the remarkable conservation success story of the Sage Grouse Initiative to date.

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USDA Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts to Continue and Grow

February 16, 2015

The NRCS Chief explains how the Sage Grouse Initiative has become a model for voluntary, incentive-based conservation at its best over the past 5 years.

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Sage grouse conservation results and stories in SGI’s Oct-Dec 2014 Report

February 4, 2015

This report from October through December of 2014 sums up the tangible results of the Sage Grouse Initiative Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT), and includes stories and statistics from SGI partners who are working with landowners in sage grouse strongholds in 11 western states

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