#FridaysOnTheFarm | For Future Generations of Ranchers and Sage Grouse

November 2, 2018

Meet David Sceirine, a rancher protecting key wildlife habitat on his family’s ranch near Bridgeport Valley, California.

David and his brother Joe enrolled 2,375 acres into a conservation easement, safeguarding Sceirine Point Ranch from future development while helping an at-risk bird.

While developers eyed the ranch for subdivisions, conservationists were eyeing it for a different reason: it is prime wildlife habitat. The ranch is home to this geographically distinct population of the greater sage-grouse — the Bi-State sage-grouse — that reside only along the California-Nevada state line.

For David and Joe, who are carrying on a family tradition of ranching, the easement with Eastern Sierra Land Trust (funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) made sense.

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From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, the USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources, and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs, and innovation.

Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers, and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.

The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.