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Success Stories

Our success stories offer snapshots of proactive, science-based conservation efforts that are benefiting working lands and wildlife across the American West.

BEEF Magazine | Thomas Brothers Make The Ground Better In Idaho

February 14, 2018

By Brianna Randall | Partnering with the USDA-led Sage Grouse Initiative helps young ranchers improve the land for both sage grouse and cattle.

FAIR CHASE Magazine | The Value of Sagebrush Country

December 8, 2017

by Josh Millspaugh | This feature in the December 2017 issue of Fair Chase Magazine highlights how sage grouse conservation benefits hunters and a host of wildlife species.

VIDEOS | Meet The Thomas Family, Sustainable Ranchers in Idaho

November 20, 2017

Watch short videos to hear how and why two young ranchers have put in place conservation practices that benefit the bird and their herds.

BUGLE Magazine | Sage Grouse + Elk = Peanut Butter & Jelly

October 19, 2017

Bugle Magazine, a publication of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, published this feature story on the value of conserving sagebrush country in its Nov/Dec 2017 issue.

#HabitatHero Mike Fenn: Leaving A Legacy For Wildlife In Wyoming

September 25, 2017

by Brianna Randall | Landowners like Mike Fenn in western Wyoming are voluntarily stepping up to protect and restore the sagebrush country that supports their way of life.

Local Partners Mimic Beavers To Restore Streams In Wyoming

September 22, 2017

SGI field conservationist Mandi Hirsch shares emerging “beaver dam analogue” technology with local partners, which is paying dividends for working lands and wildlife near Lander.

Smith Creek Ranch - SGI and DOD easementMilitary, Conservationists, Rancher Join Forces For Economy And Wildlife In Nevada

September 12, 2017

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative partners with the Dept. of Defense and others to conserve the Smith Creek Ranch in the heart of Nevada’s sagebrush sea.

Photo of Gunnison sage-grouse by Lance BeeneyCOOL GREEN SCIENCE | The Stream Whisperer Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

August 23, 2017

by Brianna Randall | Bill Zeedyk teaches Westerners how to “think like water” to restore precious wet habitat in the sagebrush desert.