Ranchers Participate in Sage Grouse Initiative to Remove Juniper & Restore Range: Idaho Statesman

March 14, 2014

Reporter Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman covered the efforts of private landowners working in partnership with agencies to restore sage grouse habitat invaded by Junipers in the March 14,  newspaper. Read the full article here.

Excerpted from the article, Barker reports on SGI:

“The Sage Grouse Initiative, a coalition of public and private organizations, can tap federal money authorized in the farm bill. The program includes helping ranchers write prescribed grazing plans, mark fences so that grouse don’t fly or run into them, remove juniper, and retrofit cattle water troughs so grouse can get to the them.

Since 2010, the NRCS has obligated nearly $8 million for 99 projects on 437,000 acres of private and public lands, said Ron Brooks, the agency’s Sage Grouse Initiative resource conservationist.”

For additional information on juniper removal and SGI, please see these links:
 
 

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(Featured photo by Jeremy Roberts, Conservation Media

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.