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Big Picture of Woodland Management in Sagebrush Country

Science to Solutions – New research highlights reduction and expansion of conifer encroachment in sagebrush ecosystems.

Woody Invasion Impacts Water on Great Plains

Science to Solutions – New research details impacts to water from encroaching eastern redcedar and other conifers on landscapes in the Great Plains. Similar impacts occur on sagebrush lands from encroaching conifers like pinyon juniper.

Conserving Diverse Wet Habitats Keeps Western Rangelands Resilient

New research highlights the importance of mesic resources for sage grouse and other wildlife species.

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Featured Friends

sagebrush-steppe Conservation Easements Continue to Protect Idaho’s Pioneers-To-Craters Landscape

Through NRCS partnerships with the Wood River Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and local ranching families, two new conservation easements protect an additional 2,500 acres of prime sagebrush habitat in Idaho’s Pioneers-to-Craters landscape.

Pheasants Forever Provides Critical Support for Sage Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken Efforts

Pheasants Forever is a key partner helping NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife efforts like the Sage Grouse Initiative and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative.

Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

Learn how elk use sagebrush habitat — and how much their range overlaps with sage grouse — from expert Tom Roman of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Success Stories

Our Amazing Grasslands Video – The Conner Ranch

New video highlights the Conner Ranch in Belle Fourche, South Dakota where Dan and Cindi Conner have worked with SGI and other partners to improve their ranch for sage grouse and livestock.

1,800 Ranchers and Counting!

As 2018 comes to a close, the Sage Grouse Initiative caught up with Tim Griffiths, NRCS’s Western Working Lands for Wildlife Coordinator, for a glance back and a peek ahead.

cows and sage grouse hens sharing wet meadow ken miracle Oregon Ranchers Sustain “Heart Of The Desert”

Maintaining an “emerald island” in the middle of the desert is no small task. Here’s how the Fitzgeralds do it on their Oregon ranch.

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Photos & Videos

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Featured SGI Videos You Won’t Want to Miss (6 mins each!):

The Sage Grouse Initiative Story
Conserving Wet (Mesic) Habitat
Developing Grazing Systems
Tackling Conifer Encroachment
Establishing Conservation Easements
Saving Sage Grouse: The Wyoming Example

Featured Webinars and Training Tools:

Browse all SGI videos on the SGI YouTube Channel.

Learning Tools

*Email lori.reed@iwjv.org to request print copies

Posters

Conserve Our Western Roots poster, flyers, and postcards

Healthy Sagebrush Communities interactive poster

Educational Tools For Kids

Sammy’s Quest to Save the West by Bureau of Land Management

Ranger Rick’s Spotlight on Greater Sage-Grouse by National Wildlife Federation

Sagebrush Ecosystem Curriculum by USFWS

Sagebrush Ecosystem Kids Page by Audubon Rockies

Sage-Grouse Education / Activities for Kids by BLM

Seriously Sage Coloring Book by USDA

Bird Feats by Deborah Richie

Guides

Mesic Habitat Conservation Planning Guide and Outreach Brochure

Great Basin Factsheet Series 2016: Information and tools to conserve and restore Great Basin ecosystems (For hard copies of the compilation, contact: Génie MontBlanc at 775-784-1107 or emb@cabnr.unr.edu)

Sagebrush Bird Habitat Guide

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush*

Pocket Guide to Sagebrush Birds*

Greater Sage-Grouse Field Indicator Guide (NRCS Montana)

Landowner Guide to Sage Grouse Conservation in Wyoming

Sage Grouse Habitat in Utah: A Guide for Landowners and Managers

Sage Grouse Habitat in Idaho: A Practical Guide for Landowners and Managers

Birds in a Sagebrush Sea: Managing Habitats for Bird Communities

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation

* Contact Point Blue to order hard copies for your field visits!

Wildlife-Friendly Fences

Frequently Asked Questions on Marking Fences to Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions

Science to Solutions: Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse

A Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences, Montana version

A Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences, Wyoming Version

Applying the Sage-grouse Fence Collision Risk Tool to Reduce Bird Strikes

Water Tanks

Livestock Water Tanks and Sage Grouse: A Landowner’s Guide

Livestock Water Tanks: Ladder Design

Webinars

Visit the SGI YouTube Channel for the Webinar Playlist: Training information all in one easy place!

Maps

SGI Interactive Web Map

More range maps available here on the USFWS website.

See Places and Projects for locations of SGI field work.

Books and Stories

Save the Last Dance by Joel Vance

Birds in a Sagebrush Sea by Christine Paige

The Sagebrush Sea by Stephen Trimble

Pollinators & Sage Grouse Fact Sheet by USFS

Why Care About Sagebrush? Fact Sheet by USFWS

Grouse of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Article by Michael A. Schroeder