New Quarterly Report Shows On-The-Ground Results Adding Up
May 4, 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.
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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.