Success Stories

Creating Jobs Through Conservation in Southwest Montana

March 22, 2022

In southwest Montana, a creative partnership is improving sagebrush habitat, providing jobs, and empowering youth, one project at a time.

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Cheatgrass is an annual invasive plant that crowds out native plants in sagebrush range.Publication Alert: Annual Invasive Grasses Spreading Through Great Basin to Higher Elevations and Northern Aspects

November 23, 2021

Working Lands for Wildlife research is showing that annual invasive grasses are moving up in elevation and to more northern aspects throughout the Great Basin. >>READ THE STUDY<<   Sweeping sagebrush and salt desert shrublands typify the Great Basin – a 200,000-square-mile landscape that encompasses much of Nevada and parts of Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, […]

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Warners

November 23, 2021

For eight years, SGI and partners have conducted a long-term conifer removal project in the Warner Mountains in SE Oregon. In addition to removing encroaching trees, university researchers studied how the removal affected sage grouse.

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Conserving Prime Hay Ground As Well As Colorado’s Famous Elk and Deer

August 23, 2021

The Etchart Family worked with the NRCS, TNC, and the CO Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust to place much of the ranch in a conservation easement protecting this prime working land from development and preserving habitat for elk, deer, and sage grouse.

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Sage Grouse Populations Grow Faster After Tree Removal

June 10, 2021

New study shows that sage grouse population growth rates are 12% higher following long-term conifer removal.

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Washington Ranch Preserves Sagebrush Rangeland in Perpetuity

May 26, 2021

New conservation easement in Washington state preserves more than 2,000 acres of native sagebrush range in critical sage grouse habitat, adding to a 6,800-acre easement the neighboring ranch placed under a conservation easement in 2019.

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The Value of Keeping it in Grass

May 26, 2021

The Burke Family’s long partnership with NRCS has led to better forage for livestock and wildlife and, in 2017, their ranch was protected in perpetuity through a NRCS-supported conservation easement.

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Healthy Grass Equals Profitable Ranches

March 15, 2021

The Blair family has worked hard to make their ranch profitable and resilient which benefits wildlife and the next generation. Read all about their work with SGI and other groups that have helped them earn a 2020 Leopold Conservation Award.

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Shared Capacity, Shared Success

February 21, 2021

Learn about the Strategic Action Watershed Team and how these partner-positions are adding significant capacity to NRCS offices across the West.

Ask an Expert | Mitch Faulkner, 2020 Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Talks Partnerships and More

May 27, 2020

Mitch Faulkner, 2020 NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, talks about the partnerships that have advanced rangeland conservation across boundaries in South Dakota.

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