Success Stories

#HabitatHero Mike Fenn: Leaving A Legacy For Wildlife In Wyoming

September 25, 2017

by Brianna Randall | Landowners like Mike Fenn in western Wyoming are voluntarily stepping up to protect and restore the sagebrush country that supports their way of life.

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Local Partners Mimic Beavers To Restore Streams In Wyoming

September 22, 2017

SGI field conservationist Mandi Hirsch shares emerging “beaver dam analogue” technology with local partners, which is paying dividends for working lands and wildlife near Lander.

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Smith Creek Ranch - SGI and DOD easementMilitary, Conservationists, Rancher Join Forces For Economy And Wildlife In Nevada

September 12, 2017

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative partners with the Dept. of Defense and others to conserve the Smith Creek Ranch in the heart of Nevada’s sagebrush sea.

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Photo of Gunnison sage-grouse by Lance BeeneyThe Stream Whisperer: “Thinking Like Water” Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

August 23, 2017

by Brianna Randall | Bill Zeedyk teaches Westerners how to “think like water” to restore precious wet habitat in the sagebrush desert.

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Liz With and Greg Peterson have a wonderful working relationship, an important ingredient for SGI conservation success in sagebrush country.Meet Greg: A Sagebush Habitat Hero

June 27, 2017

by Jodi Stemler | Check out this multimedia story about how an SGI-enrolled rancher is leading the way in stewarding working lands and wildlife on his ranch in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin.

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Stewardship With Vision | David Spicer Conserves Habitat In Nevada

June 23, 2017

Nevada rancher and miner shares his story of why he believes in conserving Nevada’s Oasis Valley in a new video produced by the Western Landowners Alliance.

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Getting dirty is fun in Gunnison! Learning how to build rock structures in wet meadows means lots of mud and heavy lifting, but SGI workshop participants had plenty to smile about as they worked together to fix streams. Photo: Brianna RandallLearning To Think Like Water & Photos From SGI’s 7th Annual Workshop

June 21, 2017

Over 170 sagebrush conservation partners from around the West met in Colorado to learn what’s working for the bird and the herd. Watch the video here!

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Gunnison rancher Jim Cochran, moving cattle. Jim is also a member of the Gunnison Climate Work Group. Photo: Jaci CochranKeeping Water In Colorado’s Gunnison Basin

June 12, 2017

A collaborative partnership using innovative techniques to restore wet meadows in the Gunnison Basin is paying off for people and wildlife.

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“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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