Sage Whiz Quiz | Sagebrush

Wet meadow with sagebrush - Brianna Randall

January 17, 2019

Wet meadow with sagebrush – Brianna Randall


Fun Facts:

1. Sagebrush gets its pungent smell from camphor, terpenoids and other volatile oils.

2. Sagebrush is an evergreen shrub; though individuals may lose some leaves in late summer, the plant generally retains its leaves year-round.

3. Sagebrush are pollinated by wind, but large, mature sagebrush can also reproduce through rhizomes – shoots that extend from the parent plant underground and sprout as a new plant.


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Sagebrush country sustains 350 species as well as hundreds of rural communities and our way of life in the American West. The Sage Grouse Initiative works with ranchers on conservation strategies that benefit working lands and wildlife.

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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.