Sage Grouse Initiative Rancher Stories Bring Statistics to Life

December 1, 2014


The Sage Grouse Initiative is wrapping up 2014 with rancher stories that bring life to the statistics of success on the ground. In its first three years alone (from 2010 to 2013), the SGI partnership has applied a win-win strategy to enroll 950+ ranchers in 11 western states.

Their proactive and voluntary conservation resulted in conservation easements that reduce subdivision and sodbusting threats on 381,000+ acres; in new grazing systems that increase hiding cover for nesting birds on 2.6 million acres; in the removal of invading conifers that restores historic sagebrush on 276,000 acres; and marking or removing 537 miles of high-risk fences that prevent 2,809 bird collisions annually.

One secret to success? SGI is all about not taking credit. The credit goes to the partners involved and especially the landowners.

What does SGI conservation success via partnerships on an area the size of two Yellowstone National Parks really look like?   We bring that to life with our rancher success stories and through our SGI Videos. You can get a quick snapshot via our SGI Brochure, and a colorful longer overview in our Tracking Success publication.

We’d like to draw your attention to the remarkable achievements of the Tanners in Utah, the Delaneys in Montana, Dawn Nottingham in Colorado,  Tom Page in Idaho, Rob Brooks in North Dakota, Allen Miller in Washington, Gary Bedortha in Oregon, and the Masinis in Nevada.

Coming soon will be additional rancher stories from California, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Please see our SGI Success Stories page as well.

The Sage Grouse Initiative is science-driven. Behind every story is strong science that we feature in our Science to Solutions series.

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Questions? Contact Deborah Richie, SGI Communications Director:  or 406-370-7556.
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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.