NEW Story Map Highlights Rural Communities & Positive Partnerships

June 28, 2018

New interactive map highlights the people working together across sagebrush rangeland to protect the places that matter to them

We’re excited to share this new story map that spotlights inspiring local partnerships in sagebrush country. Released this month, the story map focuses on places where community groups are working with the Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resources Conservation Service-led Sage Grouse Initiative, and the Forest Service on projects that address problems facing our vast western rangelands.

The story map features partnerships that have successfully reduced the following threats to sagebrush range health:

These locally-led projects span public/private ownership boundaries to benefit the people and wildlife who depend upon healthy, intact land and water resources.

This new story map highlights voluntary, collaborative partnerships that build conservation bridges across America’s sagebrush country. Examples include cross-boundary coordination on projects such as conifer removal, wet meadow restoration, and fire and invasive treatments.

Each story — like each community — is unique, but all of the partnerships share these common ingredients:

  • People who spark positive change in their communities
  • Projects that are voluntary, based on science, and generate measurable results
  • Places where public and private partners are working together to impact large areas

This new resource is the result of efforts by BLM and Intermountain West Joint Venture to provide science, communication, and capacity tools that help local partners achieve successful cross-boundary conservation.

The “Partnerships In Action” story map aims to help people learn more about these conservation projects and orient them geographically. Note: the map layers are not intended to be highly detailed or communicate the exact location of specific projects.

Add Your Story!

We see this new story map as a work in progress, and a wonderful place to showcase more places around the West where people are working together to conserve sagebrush country. New community-based projects will be added throughout the year.

We want to add your story, too! If you would like to share the accomplishments of partners working to improve the range in your community, please contact us.

Explore local success stories in sagebrush country!

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.