Rancher Partnerships Are Key to Sage Grouse Initiative: Twin Falls Workshop Report
May 12, 2014
Last week’s Sage Grouse Initiative Workshop for staff and partners in Twin Falls, Idaho, gave ranchers an opportunity to explain why they are partnering up with the Sage Grouse Initiative–in fact about 1000-strong according to the latest figures.
Scroll down the SGI Facebook page for posts from the Sage Grouse Initiative-Strategic Watershed Action Team workshop.
(Photo: Chris Black, Owyhee Canyonlands rancher, courtesy of Carol Ryan Dumas, Capital Press).
Read two stories by Capital Press Reporter Carol Ryan Dumas. The first focuses on the talk by Chris Black, an Idaho rancher from the Owyhee Canyonlands who applies a holistic grazing strategy to his lands and is now working through SGI to remove invasive junipers. The second explains the Sage Grouse Initiative and the latest successes. Dumas plans to write several more stories based on the informative three-day workshop that included an all-day field trip to investigate BLM’s strategies for addressing the threats of fire and invasive weeds.
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.