Partnering To Conserve A Sagebrush Landscape

October 24, 2018

Innovative partnerships with private landowners and public land managers on working rangelands in Southwest Montana are conserving sagebrush country

Southwest Montana is home to a sagebrush landscape that is the heart and soul of the working ranches found here, and vitally important to the many species of wildlife that call it home.

It is here, on the western edge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, that a newly formed partnership has emerged, focused on conserving and restoring the sagebrush ecosystem. The Southwest Montana Sagebrush Partnership was born out of a desire to advance cross-boundary conservation efforts in a landscape with a complex landownership pattern.

This partnership aims to implement conservation practices to improve and protect valuable sagebrush-steppe habitat. Specifically, projects will:

  • remove invading conifers
  • reduce the spread of cheatgrass
  • modify fences to make them wildlife friendly
  • restore wet meadow habitats

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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.