Our conservation practices benefit the sagebrush ecosystem, as well as the Western way of life. Since 2010, we have:
* Reduced the threat of invasive grasses and wildfire by managing for healthier rangelands on 1.8 million acres.
* Removed 457,000 acres of expanding conifer to reclaim core sage grouse habitat
* Protected 451,000 acres of agricultural land and prime wildlife habitat for 350+ sagebrush-dependent species.
* Improved grazing strategies to enhance range habitat on 2.7 million acres for sage grouse and other wildlife species.
* Conserved 12,000 acres and improved 179 acres of wet meadow and riparian areas for brooding hens.
* Marked or moved 628 miles of high-risk fences to reduce sage grouse collisions by 83 percent.
Science and Research
We apply science to guide conservation investments and measure the resulting outcomes. This past year, SGI:
* Documented how removing juniper to restore sagebrush ecosystems benefits songbirds as well as sage grouse.
* Highlighted research on how restoring a sagebrush-dominated landscape helps increase summer water availability for wildlife and ranching operations.
* Published research on the genetic subpopulations of sage grouse, which helps partners tailor site-specific practices and projects for sage grouse conservation.
Tools and Resources
We provide free tools and resources to help our partners prioritize sagebrush conservation. This past year, SGI:
* Created a free interactive web app and mapping tool that provides cutting-edge rangewide data.
* Produced ‘Conserve Our Western Roots‘ posters and online resources to explain the importance of keeping rangelands intact and promoting healthy, diverse native plants.
* Partnered to produce joint resources that inform conservation planning, such as techniques to reduce megafires using fuel breaks, minimize cheatgrass and restore degraded rangelands, or assess ecosystem resilience by tapping into soil.
People and Partners
We believe that win-win conservation is based on a foundation of cooperation and partnership. This past year, SGI:
* Highlighted the inspiring work of our local, state, and regional partners through the SGI Featured Friend story series.
* Partnered with public land managers, such as the BLM, to develop landscape-scale conservation strategies that work across fences and beyond boundaries.