BCACD is the entity that contains Baker County’s four Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Baker Valley, Burnt River, Eagle Valley and Keating. All four of these districts contain active sage grouse populations. The SWCDs’ in Baker County work mostly on private lands helping landowners with the areas resource concerns. Many times, to increase the amount of conservation, the District works with agencies such as BLM, ODFW and USFWS. The District employs one SGI staff member stationed in Baker City, working on resource concerns such as conifer encroachment, grazing management and noxious and invasive weed control to help benefit the sage grouse.
Foster Creek Conservation District’s mission is to protect natural resources; enhance sustainable, profitable agriculture; and improve the quality of life in Douglas County, by: Encouraging good land stewardship through education, incentives, and quality technical assistance. Protecting individual and private property rights. Building strong coalitions with other groups. Including, but not limited to, government assistance as a valid conservation partner to agriculture, by providing quality, intelligent, technical assistance to cooperators and partners.
The CD works with the Sage Grouse Initiative to support habitat enhancements on private lands with willing landowners, and to obtain grants for assistance. See this related story on an SGI partnership project with Foster Creek CD.
The Lake DeSmet Conservation District (LDCD) is dedicated to the development and implementation of programs that provide leadership and technical assistance for the conservation of Johnson County’s natural resources, agricultural heritage and resource base, as well as the preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat. LDCD provides the local voice when addressing natural resource concerns on private and public lands. The Lake DeSmet Conservation District has been a leader in the enhancement of sage grouse habitat. Since 2004, we have worked cooperatively with our local producers to restore sage grouse and sagebrush obligate habitat. The SGI program provided the perfect opportunity to expand our efforts and reach all producers residing in Johnson County by partnering with NRCS, Pheasants Forever and our southern partner, Powder River Conservation District (PRCD). The LDCD administers the SGI field staff position in Buffalo, WY.
Contact: Nikki Lohse, District Manager – 307-684-2526 ext. 3,
621 W. Fetterman, Buffalo, WY 82834
Meeteetse Conservation District is committed to maintaining a sustainable, healthy sage grouse population as part of its efforts to support its agricultural community, which has historically been dominated by ranching. SGI provides an opportunity to work with landowners to maintain and improve sustainable grazing that will help to enhance and improve sage grouse habitat in our region. Meeteetse Conservation District administers and helps fund an SGI field staff position in Meeteetse, WY.
Contact: William Woolston, SGI Range Conservationist – 307.754.9301 ext. 115,
P.O. Box 237, Meeteetse, WY 82433 | 307.868.2484, Fax: 307.868.2489 – fax
MACD represents Montana’s 58 conservation districts that take locally led and largely voluntary approaches to conserve natural resources. With its similar approach, SGI is an ideal fit. MACD administers a small grants program for sage grouse conservation in partnership with the BLM. In addition, the group hired and now administers the three SGI staff stationed in Glasgow, Forsythe and Malta.
Contact: Elena Evans, Executive Director – 406.443.5711 (w) 406.5464714 (c),
1101 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601
Popo Agie Conservation District has close ties with the surrounding private and public lands as well as landowners as we strive to provide support and understanding on the conservation and wise use of our natural resources through voluntary conservation practices. The Sage Grouse Initiative focus mirrors this, making it a key partnership with the conservation district. Fremont County is home to some of the largest expanses of prestige, intact, sagebrush habitat for the bird with much of this habitat being positioned on private ranches and agricultural lands. By partnering with SGI we hope to increase the support of private landowners, enhance the success rate of preserving intact sagebrush habitat for the Sage Grouse, as well as a number of other species, and provide means to help sustain working ranches and agricultural lands for future generations as they are key players in this endeavor. PACD administers the SGI hire in Lander Wyoming and has partnered with the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help further ensure the success of this effort.
Contact: Jeri Trebelcock, Executive Director – 307.332.3114,
221 South 2nd Street Lander WY 82520
The Powder River Conservation District (PRCD) is committed to representing the residents of Southern Johnson County at the local level. Our mission is to provide education and leadership for the conservation of our natural resources, the wise use of Wyoming’s waters, the improvement of our environment, and the preservation of our agricultural heritage through a responsible conservation ethic. The SGI Program provides us the tools to do this. By partnering with the NRCS, Pheasants Forever and the Lake DeSmet Conservation District we can further our work with landowners to maintain and improve sage grouse habitat.
Contact: Anita Bartlett, District Manager – 307.738.2321,
PO Box 48, Kaycee, WY 82639
SGI Field Staff: Reese Irvine, Range and Wildlife Specialist – 307-684-2526 ext. 118,
621 W. Fetterman, Buffalo, WY 82834
Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District covers the central portion of Carbon County and encompasses approximately 2.7 million acres. Landscapes within the district include alpine tundra of the Snowy Range in the south and boundless sagebrush steppes stretching to the northern edge of the district near Pathfinder Reservoir. The North Platte River flows from the Snowy Range and meanders north eventually emptying into Seminoe Reservoir. Sage Grouse are abundant in this high desert environment. SGI is the perfect tool that enables SERCD to partner with various organizations and agencies to work with private landowners to maintain healthy Sage Grouse habitat. SERCD collaborates with several SGI partners to support the SGI field staff position in Saratoga, Wyoming.
Contact: Joe Parsons, District Manager – 307.326.8156, Fax: 307.326.8572,
P.O. Box 633, Saratoga, WY 82331
Also please contact Garrett Pantel, SGI field staff – 307.326.5657,
Sublette County has a high percentage of public lands, glorious sagebrush steppe landscapes, and strong grouse populations. Often described as a stronghold for the bird, Sublette County is also often mentioned for our energy developments. SGI is an opportunity for the Sublette County Conservation District to work with our partners and landowners to design and implement strategies to assure we continue as a stronghold for sage grouse. SCCD collaborates with several SGI partners to support the SGI field staff position in Pinedale, WY.
Contact: Eric Peterson, Manager – 307.367.2257,
P.O. Box 647, Pinedale, WY 82941 | Fax: 307.367.2282,
Also, please contact Meghann Durbrow, SGI field staff – 307-367-2257 X113, or visit http://www.sublettecd.com/pid/73/sage-grouse-initiative.aspx.
In March 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Sage Grouse Initiative to provide a holistic approach to conserving sage grouse and sustaining working ranches in the West. NRCS and its partners are using popular Farm Bill conservation programs to improve wildlife habitat through sustainable agriculture.
Thad Heater, SGI Coordinator – office: 775-857-8500 ext. 144 cell: 775-722-0109 or | 1365 Corporate Blvd, Reno, NV 89502
Tim Griffiths, West Regional Coordinator Working Lands for Wildlife – 406.587.6812 or | 10 East Babcock Street, Federal Building, Room 443, Bozeman, MT 59715-4704
Dave Naugle, SGI Science Advisor – 406.243.5364 or | University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program, Missoula, MT 59812
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners for voluntary habitat restoration on their lands. The Partners program has demonstrated expertise in partnership building and efficiently delivering cost-effective projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat and complement the continued functioning of private land activities. In the range of the greater sage grouse, the Partners Program has helped fund 13 of the 23 SGI positions, and is working directly with interested private landowners to deliver on-the-ground sagebrush steppe habitat restoration projects.
Contact: OR, ID, and WA: Kathy Hollar, Pacific Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator – 503.231.6156,
CA and NV: Carrie Thompson, Pacific Southwest Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator, 530.889.2317,
MT, ND, SD, WY, UT, CO, and NE: Heather Johnson, Mountain-Prairie Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator, 303.236.4316,
As the steward of more than half of all remaining sagebrush habitat in the United States, the BLM is playing a leading role in developing and implementing land management actions to conserve the sage grouse. Maintaining and restoring sagebrush landscapes on public lands is the BLM’s primary means of conserving sage-grouse populations and one of its most important current programs. The BLM is working with partners to develop new or revised approaches to sage-grouse conservation through land-use plans that will carry out actions range-wide to conserve and restore the greater sage-grouse and its habitat on BLM lands.
Contact: Steve Small, National Sage Grouse Coordinator – 202.912.7366,
20 M Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In pursuit of that mission, the USFWS is committed to working closely with conservation partners to secure the viability of the greater sage grouse and to maintain healthy sagebrush ecosystems throughout the West. Through its Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, the USFWS has helped fund 13 of the 23 SGI SWAT positions, and is working directly with interested private landowners to deliver on-the-ground sagebrush steppe habitat restoration projects. In addition, the USFWS is working with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and State wildlife agencies to develop adequate conservation plans and regulatory mechanisms that will help ensure a future where the greater sage-grouse and its habitat can thrive.
Contact: Pat Deibert, PhD., National Sage Grouse Coordinator – 307.772.2374, ext. 226,
Wyoming Field Office: 5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service administers approximately 9 million acres of sagebrush habitats across the western United States, most of this in the Intermountain Region. Thirty national forests contribute to habitats for Greater Sage Grouse. As Forest Service lands are generally the higher elevation lands in the Intermountain West, most sage grouse habitats are mountain sagebrush and used for summer brood rearing. The Forest Service actively collaborates with the states and other federal agencies in the conservation and restoration of shrubsteppe habitats that are important to Greater Sage Grouse populations.
Contact: Clinton McCarthy, Regional Wildlife Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region – 801.625.5671,
324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401
COR Enterprises is a nonprofit agency that has been providing vocational and supported living services to adults with disabilities since 1971. COR Enterprises produces fence markers for SGI projects, helping to reduce sage grouse mortality while providing paychecks and meaningful work for adults with disabilities.
Contact: Tony Braunstadter, Woodshop Manager – 406.294.6150,
2121 Lampman Drive, Billings, MT 59102
Mission: Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.
Located just outside of Bend, Oregon, this well-known museum created and featured a special three-month exhibit in 2013-14 highlighting sustainable ranching and the Sage Grouse Initiative.The Museum has donated the exhibit panels to SGI to continue to share the messages, and plans to continue its educational support for SGI.
Contact: John Goodell, curator of natural history – 541.382.4754, jgoodell@
The Idaho Chukar Foundation is focused on developing, maintaining and financially supporting public awareness educational and science programs on issues impacting the long-term conservation, preservation and sustainability of Idaho’s and the Region’s upland bird populations and their respective habitats. ICFI will provide volunteer support to SGI Projects within Idaho.
Contact: Drew Wahlin, President – 208.608.0833
The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a nonprofit organization that empowers young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. Through their service, corps members gain skills, confidence, and a tangible experience of their ability to effect change in their lives and communities. In turn, they perform substantial service that provides lasting benefit for public lands. In partnership with SGI, MCC members gain knowledge on sage grouse and perform hands-on work to collect and plant native seeds and mark fence line to help recover sage grouse and sustain its habitat.
Contact: Tauzha Grantham, Eastern Wildlands Regional Supervisor – 406.651.1131,
2501 ½ Arnold Drive, Billings, MT 59102
The purpose of the Mule Deer Foundation is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. Some of the best mule deer habitat in the West can be found on the intact sagebrush landscapes that are vital to sage grouse conservation. That’s why the Mule Deer Foundation plays a key partnership role in SGI – employing two SGI field biologists in Utah. The organization also published a two-part series in the MDF magazine featuring grouse recovery programs linked to mule deer conservation (download Part 1 and Part 2 as PDFs).
Contact: Miles Moretti, President/CEO – 801-230-2207,
1939 South 4130 West Suite H, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
National Audubon Society has been deeply involved with sage grouse conservation efforts as part of its Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative, begun in 2007. Audubon’s efforts are based around policy, science and education. Audubon recognizes that successful landscape conservation requires working with a wide-range of partners and stakeholders. The national organization has state offices across the western region in sage grouse habitat – the initiative is based out of Colorado.
Contact: Brian Rutledge, Executive Director Rocky Mountain Region – 970.416.6931,
105 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
NWTF is dedicated to conserving upland wildlife and their habitats and preserving our hunting heritage. NWTF works across the U.S. in partnership with state and federal agencies to design and deliver projects that conserve species ranging from sage grouse and big game animals in the West, to ruffed grouse and woodcock in the East, besides of course, wild turkeys. NWTF collaborates with SGI partners to jointly fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.
Contact: Brandon Houck, Director of Conservation Operations, Western Region – 620.443.5906,
3869 Road E, Allen, KS 66833
An affiliate of National Wildlife Federation, the Nevada chapter published a sage grouse booklet for landowners, with a 2014 update in cooperation with the Nevada NRCS. Contact Lorna Weaver, , if you would like a copy (limited supplies available).
Northern Office 775-677-0927 | Southern Office 702-438-2485
Nevada Wildlife Federation , PO Box 71238, Reno, NV 89570.
The North American Grouse Partnership works to bring the plight of declining grouse species and their habitats to the attention of the public, provides oversight for the health of grouse populations, implements solutions to the problems causing grouse declines and encourages public policies and management decisions that will enhance important habitats and grouse populations.
Contact: Steve Riley, President – 402.786.5547,
10630 N. 135th St., Waverly, NE 68462
OHA has been involved with the issues involving Sage Grouse in the state of Oregon for several years. Our chapter members conduct habitat projects benefiting Sage Grouse on an annual basis.
A landowner-led group incorporated in 2010, Partnerscapes brings people, working landscapes, and communities together in conservation. Partnerscapes is a grassroots movement of private landowners working with agencies, non-profit organizations, and policymakers to collaborate on conservation partnerships to sustain our working landscapes for present and future generations. Partnerscapes represents the voices of 21st century conservation and the collective effort to support working landscapes through voluntary, incentive-based public and private partnerships.
719-257-3074 | P.O. Box 1876 | Blanco, TX 78606
Pheasants Forever adds organizational support to SGI – managing funding and contracts and working closely with the Intermountain West Joint Venture. Pheasants Forever is a national group with hundreds of local chapters across the U.S. and Canada, and dedicated to conserving pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs. Currently, Pheasants Forever administers eight SGI field staff partnership positions in South Dakota, Nevada, California, Idaho, and Washington.
Contact: Jared Wiklund, Public Relations Manager — 651.209.4953, 1783 Buerkle Circle, St. Paul, MN 55110
Point Blue (formerly PRBO) advances conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people. Point Blue has worked in the sagebrush steppe since 1997 in partnership with the BLM, and co-founded the multistate Sagebrush Bird Conservation Network.
Contact: Wendell Gilgert, Working Landscapes Program Director – 530.592.3380,
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA 94954
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation works to save habitat on all upland wildlife, and includes local chapters that actively participate in sage grouse conservation. The organization’s mission: “Through and with our chapters, members and sponsors, maximize the recovery and restoration of the wild quail and other upland species through critical habitat management using sound science, with technology, and old fashioned sweat equity. Applying exceptional care and professional oversight to manage every penny raised for habitat and wildlife population recovery.
Contact: Paula Bennett, Administrative Coordinator, 417.345.5960,
22 Hackberry Road | P.O. Box 947, Buffalo, MO 65622
The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance promotes the ecological, social, and economic conditions that will sustain the biodiversity and integrity of America’s northern mixed grass prairie for present and future generations. We support cost-effective, sustainable conservation through private and public cooperation in a working landscape stewarded by profitable family ranches and thriving rural communities. Through our Conservation and Education Committees we work with local conservation agencies, groups, ranchers and partners to increase capacity in grassland conservation and ranching education across our landscape. Our mission statement of, “Ranching, Conservation, and Communities – A Winning Team!,” drives our work and serves as the basis of our partnership based approach.
Our mission is the conservation of birds and their habitat. We believe in proactive voluntary conservation for species on private lands and thus are a great fit with the SGI effort. Currently we are working with five partners to house SGI field staff positions in Kremmling, Colorado and Saratoga, Wyoming.
Contact: Seth Gallagher, Stewardship Director – 970.482.1707 x 12,
230 Cherry Street, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation funds habitat enhancement and land protection projects throughout the western states in sagebrush steppe. Elk and sage grouse share 40 million acres across the west, that’s primarily elk winter range. RMEF administers and helps fund a Sage Grouse Initiative field staff position in Craig, Colorado, an outstanding area for supporting both elk and sage grouse.
Contact: 800.CALL.ELK | 800.225.5355,
5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS supports SGI with communications & educational support, and RGS members participate in SGI habitat conservation projects.
Contact: John B. Eichinger – 412.262.4044 or | 451 McCormick Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Safari Club International is a leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. Collaborating with several SGI partners, Safari Club International Utah Chapter helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, UT.
Contact: Reed Haslam, Chapter President and Public Relations Chair – 801.201.3372,
3994 South Peachwood Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Launched in 2000, this nonprofit is the only organization solely dedicated to conserving the Gunnison sage-grouse. Their work focuses on assisting partners with implementing conservation plans, putting in place public education efforts, and coordinating the ‘watchable wildlife’ program.
Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization of sportsmen members who are interested in preserving and increasing healthy populations of wildlife, including sage grouse, throughout the western United States. The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educate the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuate the family tradition of hunting and fishing. Collaborating with SGI partners, SFW helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.
Contact: Byron Bateman, President – 801.725.8526,
215 North Redwood Road #1, North Salt Lake, UT 84054
The Conservation Fund creates solutions that make environmental and economic sense by redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in future prosperity. Over the last decade, the Fund has worked together with local communities in the West to bring landowners, federal, state and private partners together to implement conservation easements on private working ranchlands, protecting more than 100,000 acres of sage grouse habitat. The Conservation Fund’s work helps ranchers sustain and enhance their operations while preventing loss and fragmentation of sage grouse habitat.
1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209
TNC is a key partner in science and policy projects across the range of sage grouse that include: quantifying the benefits of Wyoming’s core area strategy and conservation easements; mapping Oregon’s juniper sagebrush shrublands to inform restoration; working with Montana ranchers on innovative grazing strategies; helping to develop Idaho’s state sage grouse plan; and working with Colorado partners to secure large tracts of habitat.
National Contact for TNC: Matt Cahill, 541.241.1736,
Colorado: Paige Lewis, 303-817-8648,
Idaho: Laurel Angell, (202) 997-4278,
Montana: Brian Martin, 406.443.6733,
Nevada: Liz Munn, 775-322-4990,
North and South Dakota: Corissa Krueger, 605-484-1382,
Oregon: Garth Fuller, 541-388-3020,
Utah: Elaine York, 801.238.2320,
Wyoming: Holly Copeland, 307.335.2129,
Juniper Mapping and Tillage Risk Study: Jeff Evans , 970.672.6766,
Mission: We guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying our partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding.
TRCP showcased SGI on a panel forum at its 2013 Outdoor Media Summit
and continues to support the Initiative through its policy work.
Contact: Whit Fosburgh, President & CEO, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 208 Washington, D.C., 20036, 202.639.8727, , Also: Katie McCalip, Media Relations Director, ; Ed Arnett, Center for Responsible Energy Development Director,
Tri-County CWMA is an intergovernmental agency focused on creating public and private cooperative partnerships to manage invasive plant species within Baker, Wallowa, and Union Counties (Oregon). One of our current long-term projects is working with the BLM and surrounding private land owners in Baker County to treat and restore noxious weed infested sage grouse habitat.
The Utah Chukar & Wildlife Foundation works to promote upland game and their habitat on Utah’s public lands. UCWF helps fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah, and provides volunteer support for field projects.
Contact: Travis Proctor, President – 801.360.6553,
3725 North Old Highway 91, Nephi, UT 84648
Western Sustainability Exchange consists of local, regional, national and international partners working cooperatively to resolve problems facing the rural West. Our members are farmers and ranchers, small business owners, conservationists, sportsmen, real estate professionals, retirees, teachers and more – encompassing the full spectrum of people living in the region. Western Sustainability Exchange is a recipient of a Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Sage-grouse Opportunity Grant. WSE will use the grant funds to investigate market-based rewards for stewardship of sage-grouse habitat.
Contact: Lill Erickson, Executive Director – 406.222.0730,
PO Box 1448, Livingston, MT 59047
WWF is a supporting partner for science related to the impacts of climate change on sagebrush habitat and West Nile virus occurrence, as well as migratory patterns and genetics of greater sage-grouse populations along the U.S.-Canadian border. WWF is also helping to fund a Sage Grouse Initiative field position in eastern Montana.
Contact: Martha Kauffman, Managing Director, Northern Great Plains – 406-582-0235,
P.O. Box 7276, Bozeman, MT 59771
We seek to work collaboratively with land management agencies, private landowners and grazing permit holders on restoration projects and fence conversion projects. The area of our focus is in the Bodie Hills in Mono County, California.
Contact: April Sall, Director – (760) 774-1090 or | PO Box 386, June Lake, CA, 93529
IWJV conserves priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs. In 2011, IWJV teamed up with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and more than 30 partners to carry out the SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team – that expands field delivery, science and communications over the next three years. NRCS and partners contributed $10.6 million to hire 23 new range conservationists and wildlife biologists, plus a cultural resources specialist. In addition to the partner positions, SGI now has more resources to evaluate and communicate the effectiveness of conservation practices, quantify biological benefits to sage grouse, and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual data to determine if sage grouse can remain off the endangered species list.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is the national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 28,000 individual members and 64 state affiliate, breed and industry organization members. Together NCBA represents more than 230,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders. NCBA works to advance the economic, political and social interests of the U.S. cattle business and to be an advocate for the cattle industry’s policy positions and economic interests.
Contact: DENVER Office – (303) 694-0305
9110 East Nichols Avenue Suite 300, Centennial, CO 80112
WASHINGTON, D.C. Office – (202) 347-0228
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 801, Washington, D.C. 20004
The Public Lands Council has represented livestock ranchers who use public lands since 1968, preserving the natural resources and unique heritage of the West. Public land ranchers own nearly 120 million acres of the most productive private land and manage vast areas of public land, accounting for critical wildlife habitat and the nation’s natural resources. PLC works to maintain a stable business environment in which livestock producers can conserve the West and feed the nation and world.
Mission: to work together and coordinate efforts to ensure a thriving population of Gunnison sage grouse in a healthy, conserved sagebrush ecosystem while helping to ensure a sustainable community in the San Miguel Basin, Colorado. The working group conserves sage grouse habitat by writing grants, raising funds, and coordinating the donation or purchase of land and/or conservation easements; plans and coordinates habitat improvement projects; provides comments on land use decisions that effect Gunnison Sage Grouse; helps people learn more about Gunnison Sage Grouse and the threats to its survival; and holds working group and committee meetings to share information and to plan and implement strategies.
Contact: Nathaniel West, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, BLM Tres Rios Field Office | Office (970) 882-1128 | Cell (970) 749-1809 | 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO 81323
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Sage-grouse Technical Team determined that sage-grouse were in need of conservation actions in 1995. WAFWA established a formal working relationship with the USFWS, USFS and BLM in 2000 to determine the status and trends of sage-grouse populations and develop a strategy to address conservation needs. In 2008, WAFWA and its partners added the USGS, Farm Service Agency and NRCS to our “family” of sage-grouse conservation agencies. In 2010, the USFWS made a “warranted” finding for Greater Sage-grouse, and the NRCS announced SGI. Many of the conservation actions funded by SGI come from the palette of conservation actions found in the Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Strategy. SGI, WAFWA and our other Federal agencies maintain constant communication regarding threats to sage-grouse and conservation actions to address those threats.
Contact: San Stiver, WAFWA Sagebrush Initiative Coordinator – 928.443.5158 (cell) 928. 443.5158 or | 450 W. Goodwin St. Ste 102-C, Prescott, AZ 86303
American Colloid Company, part of AMCOL International, contributed funding in 2013 for a new fence-marking project in Montana, designed to prevent sage grouse collisions, with plans for continuing the partnership with SGI-NRCS. AMCOL, a leading producer and supplier of high quality bentonite and value-added bentonite products since 1927, participates in sage grouse conservation in multiple ways, including a partnership with the University of Wyoming to study populations in Montana and Wyoming.
AMCOL statement: “At AMCOL, we believe in applying innovation to our planning, products, services, and operations to build and balance economic, environmental and social value for our shareholders, our people, our communities and our customers. We live, work, and enjoy recreation in the West, and take pride in ensuring that future generations can do the same.”
Contact: Matthew Dillon, environmental manager– 307.548.5142,
PO Box 428 92 Highway 37, Lovell, WY, 82431
An international corporation, over 17,000 men and women work in a truly integrated way to find and produce oil and natural gas. ConocoPhillips is committed to the efficient and effective exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Producing oil and natural gas and getting them to market takes ingenuity, technology and investment. Innovative, collaborative efforts yield products that improve quality of life globally while producing economic benefits with far-reaching influence. For ConocoPhillips, sustainable development is about conducting its business to promote economic growth, a healthy environment and vibrant communities, now and into the future. Currently, ConocoPhillips is collaborating with several SGI partners to fund SGI field staff positions in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
This company is the inventor & manufacturer distributor of the FENCE-FLAG®, a Fence warning device that attaches SLIP RESISTANT to mitigate Wire fence impact. The owners offer a financial discount, below retail, advantage to all government entities (federal or state) and conservation groups that would include SGI, with a minimum order as part of the order. A free sample is available on request.
Contact: Donald J. & Dolores B. Kaleta, owners, — 440.474.4120 | , 4979 Ireland Rd., Rome, OH, 44085
Newmont Mining Corporation – Newmont is one of the world’s leading gold and copper producers, whose purpose is to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining. The North America region has operations in Nevada and Colorado. Through its Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation Program, Newmont is helping conserve and restore sagebrush habitat in Nevada to support sage grouse and other species.
Elko Land and Livestock Company – A subsidiary of Newmont USA Limited, ELLCo owns and operates several ranches that provide land management and mitigation resources to support its Nevada mining operations. The ranches are ecologically, economically and sociologically sustainable rangeland livestock enterprises, which have implemented several successful conservation programs that benefit wildlife and the sagebrush ecosystem.
Nixalite manufactures and distributes humane bird and wildlife deterrents. Nixalite will offer discounts (wholesale prices) to anyone who is using their products for the protection of wildlife. Specific recommendations for perch deterrents for ravens and raptors in sage grouse country are the E-Spike Economy Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. These spikes prevent large birds from perching but allow songbirds to perch. For an article with photographs showing Nixalite perch deterrents being placed as part of a larger fencemarking project in Nevada, please click here.
Contact: Cory Gellerstedt, President – 800.624.1189, , 1025 16th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois, 61244
Since 1984, Pexco has been creating products to save lives through its Davidson Traffic Control Products division. With the introduction of its new Sage Grouse Fence Marker, Pexco has applied its expertise in plastics manufacturing to reduce costs of fencemarkers to its clients, and offers discounts to Sage Grouse Initiative participants.
Contact: Peter Speer, Vice President of Sales –Toll free 877-335-4638,
3110 70th Ave East, Tacoma, WA, 98424
PacifiCorp, which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power, invests in ways to protect migratory birds and help them coexist with electric infrastructure. PacifiCorp works across California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming to implement programs and projects that keeps birds safe and habitat protected. PacifiCorp contributes annually to support the Sage Grouse Initiative’s Strategic Watershed Action Team.
Private Land Trusts
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust protects Colorado’s agricultural land, heritage and families for future generations by conserving working rural landscapes. In doing so, CCALT protects conservation values, including wildlife habitat, scenic resources and open space. Many of the agricultural properties that CCALT has protected or is working to protect are located in key sage grouse habitat areas. CCALT’s work is essential to preventing additional habitat fragmentation.
Contact: Erik Glenn, Acting Executive Director, 317.407.4295, or
8833 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80134
Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. The bi-state population of greater sage-grouse, determined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to be a distinct population segment for consideration under the Endangered Species Act, occur exclusively in the Eastern Sierra regions of California and Nevada and utilize habitat occurring on both public and privately owned lands. Our organization works with interested private landowners, in close coordination with agency partners, to permanently preserve key habitats on which the grouse depend. ESLT has completed several large conservation easement projects that provide habitat for grouse and has additional current projects underway.
The Trust works to conserve natural resources and working lands in Lassen and southern Modoc counties in North Eastern California. The Trust is an active partner in the Buffalo-Skedaddle Landscape Restoration and Conservation Initiative.
Contact: Amy Holmen, Land Manager — 530.257.3252, land@lassenlandandtrailstrust.
Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is the 9th largest private, local holder of conservation easements in the U.S. with 170,000 acres of working ranch lands under conservation easement. Founded by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the land trust is governed by a Board of Directors who represent Wyoming’s agricultural community. The Stock Growers Land Trust focuses its efforts on the conservation of land actively producing food and fiber and the facilitation of generational transfer and has worked to conserve tens of thousands of acres in sage grouse core areas.
Contact: Pam Dewell, Executive Director – 307.772.8751,
PO Box 268, Cheyenne, WY 82003
State Wildlife Agencies
The sage grouse is a permanent resident in northeastern California, ranging from the Oregon border along the east side of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada to northern Inyo County. Lassen and Mono counties have the most stable populations. The agency works on cooperative conservation with SGI with the bi-state population (straddling the Nevada-California line) and in restoration efforts near the Oregon border.
Contact: Kyle Orr, Information Officer – 916.322.8958,
1807 13th St., Suite 104, Sacramento, CA 95811
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is participating in a collaborative conservation effort designed to support greater sage grouse populations and protect greater sage grouse habitat, so that there is no need for the federal government to list the bird. Recently, CPW biologists completed a map of high-priority greater sage-grouse habitat in northwestern Colorado at the request of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The map depicts the current distribution of the bird in Colorado, based on the best available science. It provides a biological basis for land use recommendations that focus conservation efforts on the most important habitat.
Kathy Griffin, Species Conservation Coordinator – 970.255.6146,
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is charged by the citizens of Idaho with managing the state’s wildlife. The department is a partner in the Sage Grouse Initiative effort, providing funding and technical assistance to landowners and helping fund three SGI field staff positions in Idaho.
Contact: Sal Palazzolo, Private Lands/ Farm Bill Coordinator – 208.287.2752,
600 S. Walnut Street | P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks helped NRCS form a state EQIP special initiative dating back as early as 2005, intending to help conserve sage grouse habitats through grazing management. Various training and planning sessions were the basis for what later became SGI. MFWP has continued to collaborate with NRCS through jointly funded positions (including the SGI field staff position in Glasgow, MT) as well as through a cooperative study of grazing management to determine the program’s effectiveness to conserve sage grouse. MFWP is responsible for managing and conserving all wildlife within the state. Long-term monitoring, research, technical guidance, outreach and habitat conservation are the primary roles played by MFWP to conserve sage grouse and other wildlife.
Contact: Catherine Wightman, Wildlife Habitat Coordinator – 406.444.3377,
P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620
NDOW is the state agency responsible for the preservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources in Nevada. NDOW is working closely with federal land management agencies such as BLM and U.S. Forest Service. Collaboration is in high gear with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, local conservation districts, NGOs, private landowners, and many other entities to incorporate the opportunities afforded by the SGI into current planning and restoration efforts to benefit sage grouse. NRCS and NDOW have increased partnership activities in the last several years, which has enabled the hiring of several shared positions which provides a more concerted focus on sage grouse habitat preservation and restoration on both public and private lands throughout Nevada.
Contact: Jody Wilkinson, Administrative Assistant for NDOW Game Division – 775.688.1529,
Shawn Espinosa, Upland Game Staff Specialist – 775.688.1523,
Connie Lee, Private Lands and Farm Bill Coordinator – 775.777.2392,
1100 Valley Rd. Reno, NV 89512
North Dakota works with SGI on the edge of its range, in partnerships to restore sagebrush rangelands.
Contact: Aaron Robinson, Upland Game Biologist – 701.227.7431,
225 30th Ave SW, Dickinson, ND 58601
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has supported the NRSC Sage Grouse Initiative since its inception. The joint effort helps achieve the missions of our respective agencies, while providing measurable benefits for both sage grouse and private landowners of Eastern Oregon. The solid reputation of NRCS and its working relationships with private landowners, combined with ODFW’s biological expertise for initial assessment and effectiveness monitoring makes for a powerful team. ODFW collaborates with SGI partners to fund SGI field staff positions in Ontario and Lakeview, Oregon.
Contact: Dawn Davis, Sage-Grouse Conservation Coordinator – 541.573.6582, Fax: 541.573.5306.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 237 S. Hines Rd., P.O. Box 8, Hines, OR 97738
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars and salmon license plate revenue. The agency is led by a 17-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes and federal and state natural resources agency boards and commissions. OWEB awards funding to assist with planning and coordination activities associated with the Governor’s Office priority Sage-Grouse/Rangeland Initiative. Collaborating with several SGI partners, OWEB helps fund the Baker City, Oregon, SGI field staff position.
Contact: Meta Loftsgaarden, Deputy Director – 503.986.0203,
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290
The Wildlife Division of South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks manages South Dakota’s wildlife and fisheries resources and their associated habitats for their sustained and equitable use, and for the benefit, welfare, and enjoyment of the citizens of our state and its visitors. The Wildlife Division recognizes habitat conservation and management as crucial for sustaining our wildlife trust resources, and offers a number of cost share programs to assist private landowners in developing and conserving wildlife habitat on their property. Wildlife Division biologists and managers work with landowners and other conservation partners to provide technical and financial assistance, and to implement habitat conservation practices that benefit wildlife, including sage grouse, while meeting the needs of landowners.
Contact: Paul Coughlin, Wildlife Habitat Program Administer – 605.223.7660,
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) partners with the Sage Grouse Initiative through its Grazing Improvement Program (GIP). The GIP works to improve the productivity, health, and sustainability of our rangelands and watersheds to strengthen Utah’s livestock industry, improve rural economies, and enhance the environment. The program has benefited some 2.5 million acres, utilizing strategies like increasing water availability and using scientific approaches to enhance livestock grazing management. The UDAF administers and helps fund an SGI field staff position in Randolph, Utah.
Contact: Taylor Payne, Rich County SGI Coordinator – 435.793.3905,
PO Box 97, Randolph, UT 84064
The mission of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is to serve the people of Utah as trustee and guardian of the state’s wildlife, and to ensure its future and values through management, protection, conservation and education. The UDWR is committed to preserving sage grouse populations and habitat and is actively restoring quality sagebrush habitats which are vital to sage grouse survival. Establishing partnerships with private landowners is a critical component of the protection and conservation of sage grouse. UDWR collaborates with SGI partners to jointly fund SGI field staff positions in Ogden and Roosevelt, Utah.
Contact: Jason Robinson, Upland Game Coordinator – 801.538.4786,
1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife produces and implements the recovery plan, monitors sage-grouse populations, collaborates with partners to improve sage-grouse genetic diversity and reintroduce new populations, and provides data to partners to assist with targeting of conservation funding.
Contact: Don Larsen, Private Land Coordinator – 509.323.2967,
316 W Boone Ave., Suite 450, Spokane WA 99201
Wyoming is home to nearly 40% of all sage-grouse. As the agency charged with managing the state’s wildlife, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plays a key role in the implementation of the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Core Area Strategy, administers and helps implement eight local sage-grouse working group plans, conducts and coordinates sage-grouse population monitoring and is a partner in SGI.
Contact: Tom Christiansen, Sage Grouse Program Coordinator – 307.875.3225 ext 18610,
351 Astle Ave. Green River, WY 82006
Universities and Colleges
Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities, attracting more than $300 million in research funds annually. Colorado State University is a Sage Grouse Initiative research partner, providing critical information on sage-grouse population dynamics.
Contact: Mevin B. Hooten, Associate Professor – 970-491-1415, , Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Department of Statistics, 201 Wagar, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Little Big Horn College, a 1994 Land Grant Institution, is the Crow higher education and cultural center that grants Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and certificates in areas that reflect the developing economic opportunities and social needs of the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. Little Big Horn College is a recipient of a Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Sage-grouse Opportunity Grant. Grant funds will be used to launch a sage-grouse seed collection project.
Contact: David Small, Dean of Administration – 406.638.3100,
8645 S. Weaver Dr., Crow Agency, MT 59022
Montana State University, established in 1893 as a land-grant institution, is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world’s greatest challenges through world-class research, extension, and academic pursuits. Montana State University receives SGI support to support research on how land use influences arthropod populations that sage-grouse depend on.
Contact: Hayes Goosey, Research Scientist – 406 994-2012, , Department of Animal & Range Sciences, P.O. Box 172900, Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant University and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State University offers 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs to 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Oregon State University receives SGI funding to investigate the effects of conifer removal on sage-grouse nest success. In addition, Christian Hagen is the National Science Advisor for the NRCS-led Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative, a companion effort to SGI.
Contact: Christian Hagan, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher – 541-410-0238 or , OSU Campus in Deschutes County, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 500 SW Bond St, Ste 107, Bend, OR 97702
The University of Idaho students, faculty and staff are engaged in research, extension, and outreach programs that provide connections to individuals, businesses and communities to help improve the quality of life of all Idaho citizens and secure the economic progress of our world. Sage Grouse Initiative supports science conducted through the University of Idaho to better understand Greater sage grouse response to juniper encroachment and juniper removal, and sage grouse fence collisions.
Contact: Dr. Kerry Reese, Professor Emeritus – 208-885-6434, Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136, Moscow, Idaho 83844-1136
The University of Minnesota is the state’s Land-Grant University and a premiere public research university. With a flagship campus in the heart of the Twin Cities, and four coordinate campuses across Minnesota, UM tailors the learning environment for every student. The University of Minnesota partners with the Sage Grouse Initiative, helping to map sage grouse habitat in support of research initiatives.
Contact: Michael J. Falkowski, Research Associate Professor – 906-370-7776, , Department of Forest Resources, North Central Research and Outreach Center, Cloquet Forestry Center, 1861 U.S. 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
The University of Montana is a public research university located in Missoula, Montana. Founded in 1893, the university is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Montana System and is its largest institution. Dr. Dave Naugle, USDA Science Advisor to SGI, is based at the University of Montana, where he directs science-based evaluations that quantify the biological response of sage grouse to conservation to assess program effectiveness and adaptively improve field delivery.
Contact: Dr. Dave Naugle, Professor- 406.243.5364,
College of Forestry, Dept. of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, FOR 309, 32 Campus Drive MS 0576, Missoula, MT 59812
UNR is the Land Grant University that supports research surrounding the Nevada Great Basin’s population of both Greater sage-grouse and Bi-State sage-grouse. Ongoing research and extension programs focus on: sagebrush habitat resilience and security; riparian functions and forbs that are necessary in late brood rearing habitat; revised ecological site descriptions; strategic fuels management; pinyon-juniper ecology and hydrology; and the effects of horse and cattle grazing on the sagebrush ecosystem.
Contact: Sherman Swanson — 775.784.4057, , 1664 No. Virginia/Mail Stop 186, Reno, NV 89557.
The University of Wyoming provides quality undergraduate and graduateprograms to 13,800 students from all 50 states and 94 countries. Established in 1886 as Wyoming’s Land Grant University, UW is a nationally recognized research institution with accomplished faculty and world-class facilities. The University of Wyoming receives Sage Grouse Initiative support for evaluating the benefits of SGI for mule deer, another obligate species of the sagebrush sea.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Kauffman, Leader, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit – 307-766-5415, , Dept. 3166, 1000 East University Avenue, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Utah State University was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college. The university now offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, business, economics, natural resource sciences, as well as nationally ranked elementary & secondary education programs. Utah State University partners with the Sage Grouse Initiative to identify, evaluate, and document Farm Bill conservation technologies and strategies on sage grouse and other sagebrush-steppe obligates. This information has been used by other SGI partners to plan and implement habitat projects and practices on private lands to benefit sage grouse and other sagebrush-steppe obligate species.
Contact: Dr. Terry Messmer, Professor, Quinney Professor for Wildlife Conflict Management, Associate Director, Outreach and Extension – 435-797-3975, , Utah State University, Wildland Resources Department, 5230 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5230
This university works with local, state and federal partners, as well as non-government organizations such as Sisk-a-dee, in the Gunnison Basin and across the range of the Gunnison sage-grouse on conservation, education, and research projects. In addition, university students volunteer for habitat restoration and sage-grouse monitoring efforts.
“I’ve been involved in wildlife conservation since the 1970s and have never seen an effort like this that goes across state lines, agency lines, and with such public and private partnerships.”
– Roy Elicker, director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2013