New Quarterly Report Shows On-The-Ground Results Adding Up

May 4, 2015

Download the SGI-SWAT Quarterly Report January-March 2015

Each quarter, the Sage Grouse Initiative shares the latest accomplishments from our field partner positions, along with our science and communications efforts.  The Intermountain West Joint Venture takes the lead in coordinating SGI’s Strategic Watershed Action Team, and does an amazing job leveraging funds to ensure this is a lasting conservation partnership with tangible results.  This Action Team is comprized of dozens of key field staff who work with landowners to put in place proactive conservation projects that benefit sage grouse across 11 western states.

The numbers are truly adding up to big wins for wildlife and rangeland. This latest report show that SGI partner staff have helped to:

>> Improve 1,976,421 acres of rangeland to increase sage grouse hiding cover during nesting season

>> Remove 236,731 acres of conifers in key nesting, brood-rearing, and wintering habitats

>> Mark or remove 189.3 miles of “high-risk” fence near leks to reduce sage grouse collisions

Highlights from SGI’s work over the last quarter include:

  • Releasing a new rancher success story that shows how the Five Dot Ranch in California partnered with SGI to ensure their beef products conserve sage grouse and other species all the way from pasture to plate.
  • Funding two new SWAT positions in Waterville, Washington and Ekalaka, Montana, and increasing funds for an existing position in Montrose, Colorado.
  • Organizing and publicizing the well-attended Bi-State Pinyon-Juniper Expansion Forum in Nevada in February to discuss how to manage and mitigate the threat of conifer encroachment in prime sage grouse habitat.
  • Releasing a five-year report summarizing SGI accomplishments from 2010-2014. Outcomes in Conservation describes exciting results and features cases studies of proactive, voluntary, science-based efforts to restore habitat for sage grouse across 11 western states.
  • Publishing two new Science to Solutions articles: one on how sage grouse conservation benefits migratory mule deer, and another on how high-res maps can enhance habitat conservation efforts.

 Read more results in this full report.

View past quarterly reports:

January-March 2015

October-December 2014

July-September 2014

April-June 2014

January-March 2014

October-December 2013

July-September 2013

April – June 2013

January – March 2013

October – December 2012

July – September 2012

April – June 2012

January – March 2012

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.