Sports Afield: Conserving Western Hunting Grounds, One Sage Grouse at a Time

October 17, 2013

Home on the Range: Conserving Western Hunting Grounds, One Sage Grouse at a Time

“…a project called the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) is going full-bore to conserve the sage grouse and its habitat without imposing onerous regulations on freedom-loving Westerners. Employing a collaborative model of voluntary cooperation, incentives, and community support, SGI is a model for the sort of project that could help other troubled wildlife species – and avoid additional ESA listings in the process.”  – Diana Rupp, Editor in Chief, Sports Afield

Sports Afield, a premier hunting adventure magazine, showcases the Sage Grouse Initiative in its Nov./Dec. 2013 issue. Editor-in-Chief Diana Rupp clearly articulates the importance of large, intact sagebrush ecosystems for the bird, and for the future of ranching and hunting too:

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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.