Nevada “Bootstraps” Young Adult Crew Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

September 2, 2014

Read this inspiring story about the award-winning Bootstraps program – reported in the Reno Gazette Journal last month, with additional new photos (by Genevieve Mason) provided from  University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

(Photo to right:  Crew member Lindsi Manning-Eben)


Rodney L. Davis, Extension Educator (founder/coordinator of the decade-long program)
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Office: 775-635-5565
Cell: 775-374-0784

Claudene Wharton
Communications Specialist
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

At-risk young adults learn job skills, help sage grouse

By Lenita Powers, RGJ

The Nevada desert near Austin has become a classroom this week for at-risk young adults who are learning job skills while helping that state’s fragile sage grouse population.

They are members of this year’s crew in the Bootstraps Program.

Now in its 10th year, the award-winning program pays men and women ages 18-25 to work for six months removing pinyon pine and juniper trees to support more favorable habitat for sage grouse as well as a mule deer and other wildlife. READ MORE

PHOTOS OF THE BOOTSTRAPS TEAM AT WORK (by Bootstraps Job Coach Genevieve Mason)


Colby Simms


Clint Holly


Jose Sarrano


Jordan Lee


.Lindsi Manning-Eben


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.