Webinar: Engaging Communities In Sagebrush Restoration – Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Region Volunteer Program
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017,
Host: Great Basin Fire Exchange & Idaho Fish and Game
Description: This webinar provides an overview of Idaho Fish and Game’s Southwest Region Volunteer Program, which has been utilizing volunteers in important habitat restoration projects for over 25 years. They use an adaptive approach to landscape management that includes responding to wildfires and working across land managed by federal, state and private entities.
Volunteers assist with native and local seed collections. In big wildfire years, volunteers have collected over 3,000 pounds of sagebrush seed material for large-scale restoration of sage grouse habitat and big game winter range. The program is successful because it makes the volunteer the most important piece of the project — without volunteers the projects could not happen.
The Sage Grouse Initiative, led by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America's western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life.