High-Res Maps Sharpen Focus on Sage Grouse Habitat

April 7, 2015

Science to Solutions: High-Res Maps Sharpen Focus On Sage Grouse Habitat

A new technique called Earth Sense Technology (EST) is a more efficient and cost-effective way to assesses range conditions throughout the West.  This report explains how the technology allows managers to better see, quantify, and understand the big picture of how grouse choose seasonal habitats.

Developed by Eric Sant and Gregg Simonds of Open Range Consulting, Inc. (ORC), EST combines ground-based high-resolution photo plots with aerial and satellite imagery to create detailed cover maps.  For relatively low cost, the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative and the BLM have used EST to map rangeland cover on nine sage grouse-related projects totaling six million acres in four western states.

Click here or on the image below to download a PDF of the full report.

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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.