Private Lands Vital to Conserving Wet Areas for Sage Grouse Summer Habitat
October 30, 2014
An impressive 85% of leks (sage grouse breeding areas) cluster within six miles of wet summer habitats. These streamsides, wet meadows, and wetlands compose less than 2% of the western landscape, yet more than 80% fall on private lands. Successful sage grouse conservation will hinge on cooperative conservation with private landowners to sustain these lush and vital summer 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.