Tag: private land
June 27, 2016
“Livestock and grouse can be on the same page, and persist side by side in a vast sea of sage … ” Read this poem by Ritch Nelson that honors landowners’ conservation ethic and highlights their many successes in conserving our nation’s wildlife.
April 28, 2016
Just like in sage grouse country, the recipe for success to save the lesser prairie-chicken (an iconic grassland bird of the southern Great Plains) is investing in proactive, collaborative conservation efforts on private lands.
March 7, 2016
A new study and a complementary video of two hens’ summer movements show that wet islands of green in the sagebrush sea provide vital foraging habitat for growing sage grouse broods.
February 2, 2016
“My neighbors have all been getting on board one by one, now that they are seeing how well it’s working,” says Oregon rancher John O’Keeffe. Read this opinion piece by O’Keeffe describing why SGI is a good investment for the land, livestock, and sage grouse.
September 18, 2015
Two national conservation leaders from the USDA-NRCS and the National Audubon Society co-wrote this recent editorial about how targeted, proactive conservation on agricultural lands by private landowners is leading the way in restoring habitat for threatened wildlife species in the West.
September 11, 2015
Landowners on the East Coast brought about a major success today with their voluntary conservation efforts for the New England cottontail. Partners announced that foresters and farmers have helped prevent the need to list the New England cottontail under the Endangered Species Act.
August 4, 2015
The article below was adapted from this post written by Ron Francis and Lori Valadez, which appeared on the USDA Blog. In the “New West,” livestock fencing can be marked to help reduce collisions for sage grouse and other wildlife. The Sage Grouse Initiative is working with ranchers to improve habitat for sage grouse across the West. One of our […]
January 24, 2015
Sage Grouse Initiative dollars are infusing critical funds for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust to help ranchers protect their lands from development and to preserve prime sage grouse habitat.