Sage Grouse Initiative Quarterly Report: Innovative Partnerships Expand On-the-Ground Delivery of Conservation

November 1, 2014

Each quarter, the Sage Grouse Initiative shares the latest accomplishments of our field partner positions, science, and communications.  This is one aspect of our overall program that draws on the Farm Bill for carrying out conservation with some 1000 ranchers and many partners. The Intermountain West Joint Venture takes the lead in what is called the SGI-SWAT (Strategic Watershed Action Team) and deserves immense credit for its role in leveraging funds and making the Initiative a lasting conservation partnership with tangible results.

The latest report from July through September of 2014 sums up the conservation actions resulting from rangeland conservationists and biologists working with landowners in sage grouse strongholds in 11 western states. It shares a unique story of partnerships spurring conservation in Elko, Nevada. Read about the latest science and how we’re getting the message to the world about proactive conservation. Read about ranchers like Mike and Deb Delaney in Montana who effectively use rest-rotation grazing that’s great for sage grouse nesting habitat and for their bottom line as Angus cow-calf producers.

To see past quarterly reports, please scroll down our Science & Policy page.

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.