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Background Materials

Download Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 – Investment Strategy FY 2015-2018 to learn what’s in store for proactive rangeland conservation.

To see the latest results, read SGI’s Success on the Range Report (July 2015).

For more background on the places and people involved in our conservation projects, watch these SGI YouTube videos.

See the results from 2010-2015 in this Working Lands For Wildlife: Greater Sage Grouse Scorecard.

For a brief overview of our goals and projects, read the Sage Grouse Initiative Brochure.

Download photos  from the SGI Photo Gallery.

View our Rancher Success Stories.

 

Featured News Stories:

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New York Times (February 2015) – “Sage Grouse Spending to top $750 Million by 2018” by the Associated Press

Working Ranch Magazine (June 2014) – “Special Report: The Sage Grouse Initiative” by SGI Communications Director Deborah Richie

NPR Morning Edition (July 2013) – “In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance to Save the Sage Grouse” by Christopher Joyce

Bugle Magazine (October 2012) – “Destinies Intertwined: Saving Sage Grouse and Helping Elk Too” by Hannah J. Ryan

The Nature Conservancy (January 2012) – “On the Life List” by Jim Robbins

New York Times (February 2011) “Safeguarding Sage Grouse and Their Elaborate Courtship Dance” by Jim Robbins

Recent News Stories

Photo courtesy Nick Myatt, Oregon Department of Fish and WildlifeNew Science: Sage Grouse Population Increases When Western Juniper Pushed Back

A new study funded in part by the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative found that survival rates of both female sage grouse and their nests increased where encroaching juniper trees were removed.

elk habitatWildhorse Ranch Project: A Win-Win Partnership To Protect Sagebrush Range

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.

montana conservation grasslands birdsHow Do Conservation Easements Work?

In Montana, landowners have partnered with local land trusts to conserve 2 million acres. Expert Lisa McCauley from NRCS explains why easements work for ranchers and wildlife.

To read more News stories >