Success Stories

“Ranching Gone Right,” Thanks To Partners Like The Nature Conservancy

May 8, 2017

As a valued partner in the Sage Grouse Initiative, The Nature Conservancy works with landowners across the range on innovative grazing systems, conservation easements, and scientific research that helps to achieve lasting conservation outcomes. Read these excerpts from TNC’s blog and website.

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elk habitatWildhorse Ranch Project: A Win-Win Partnership To Protect Sagebrush Range

April 21, 2017

Innovative conservation easement with ranchers, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, and NRCS preserves agricultural working lands, wildlife habitat, and public land access for future generations.

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Featured Friend: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

March 21, 2017

“Collaboration is the key to pulling off the largest conservation success story in the West, ” says Virgil Moore, Director of Idaho Fish and Game and Chairman of WAFWA’s Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee. Read more about WAFWA.

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Rancher K.D. Leander Leaves A Conservation Legacy in Eastern Washington

February 14, 2017

This late rancher’s early adoption of range conservation practices encouraged his neighbors to also enroll in Sage Grouse Initiative programs. Learn how.

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Eastern Sierra Land Trust - ranchers and cattle in the sun$8 Million Fund Created to Improve Water Quality and Conserve Greater Sage-Grouse in the Eastern Sierra

January 20, 2017

Both the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse and agricultural ranchlands will benefit from a just-announced $8 million USDA investment in California and Nevada.

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Carol Dunten is the chairman of the Harney County SWCD. She and her husband Alfred are 5th generation conservationists, and proud advocates of voluntary programs like the Sage Grouse Initiative.Featured Friend: Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District

January 3, 2017

In Oregon’s largest county — where cattle outnumber people 14 to 1 — the local soil and water conservation district has a recipe for collaborative conservation that’s improving the odds for both sage grouse and ranchers.

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Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd

December 6, 2016

Rancher Mike Greeley uses conservation-minded management to sustain his working lands in eastern Oregon for wildlife and livestock. Check out this video of Mike on his ranch!

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Realizing “The True Potential” For Working Lands And Wildlife In Sagebrush Country

November 2, 2016

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative continues to build field capacity, expand our science team, and strengthen partnerships across the sagebrush landscape. Read our latest report.

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lesser prairie chickenHealthy Range Is Productive Range For Sage Grouse, Prairie Chickens, And Cows

October 19, 2016

Sage grouse and lesser prairie-chickens both need healthy rangeland to thrive. So do cattle. Learn more about how NRCS is supporting range conservation practices that help these birds as well as agricultural producers.

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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.”

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