Sage Grouse Initiative in the News

September 12, 2014

The Sage Grouse Initiative  gets its share of ink these days, and often a common theme emerges. Here’s the proactive conservation that’s working on the ground, because of partnerships and win-win solutions.  Why not try a new paradigm for conserving at-risk species that’s based on cooperation over conflict,  with tangible results backed by science and community support?  SGI can now show conservation results across 6000 square miles of 11 western states, with more than 950 ranches enrolled.

(Photo of article on SGI in Working Ranch Magazine from earlier this summer).


“We are forging a new era of conservation partnerships by joining non-traditional conservation stakeholders with farmers, ranchers and foresters to do more together than we ever could have separately.” – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the 2014 State of the Birds released this week, with a section on SGI under Aridlands

“I’m seeing more antelope here than there used to be,” Page says. “The antelope didn’t used to fawn here, and they do now. I’ve seen more and more elk show up in here. We’re seeing more curlews in the meadow. It’s getting a little bit better all the time.”  (Idaho Rancher Tom Page on enhancing habitat for sage grouse, wildlife & his cattle operation in today’s USDA BLOG.)


IDAHO: September 12, USDA Blog: Idaho Rancher Applies “All Land Management” to Benefit Sage Grouse, Other Wildlife (article by Steve Stuebner, posted by Alexis Collins, NRCS Idaho)

CALIFORNIA: September 10, Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property Now Permanently Protected by Eastern Sierra Land Trust (Note: Sage Grouse Initiative dollars via the NRCS provided a quarter of the funding for the conservation easement that is key to protecting wet meadow habitat for the Bi-State Sage Grouse. The Eastern Sierra Land Trust is an SGI partner).

UTAH: September 10, Federal Money to Help Utah, Ranchers, in Sage Grouse Efforts (Article in the Deseret News— highlighting $.2.6 million of Farm Bill dollars slated for Utah conservation easements to protect sage grouse habitat on private lands–keeping sage grouse habitat intact and not subdivided or otherwise fragmented.

STATE OF THE BIRDS 2014: Showcases the Sage Grouse Initiative under “Conservation Works!”:STATEOFBIRDS-SGI-2014




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.