Tag: habitat restoration

Photo of Gunnison sage-grouse by Lance BeeneyThe Stream Whisperer: “Thinking Like Water” Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

August 23, 2017

by Brianna Randall | Bill Zeedyk teaches Westerners how to “think like water” to restore precious wet habitat in the sagebrush desert.

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sage grouse on nestConifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success

January 26, 2017

New research shows that 86% of hens avoided nesting in sagebrush habitat invaded by conifers. Luckily, the studies also show that removing conifers in otherwise high-quality habitat is a boon to nesting sage grouse.

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Jessie sows sagebrush seed with the inmate crew at Snake River Correctional Institution. SRCI is growing 40,000 sagebrush seedlings for 2016Why Grow Sagebrush Seedlings in Prisons?

August 11, 2016

The Sagebrush Project, part of the Sustainability in Prisons Project, expands the opportunities for 175 inmates in 11 prisons across 6 states by teaching them to grow sagebrush seedlings. In turn, these seedlings restore vital habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife on BLM lands across the West.

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lesser prairie chicken picture Nick Richter photoNew Science: Conifer Removal Restores Habitat for Lesser Prairie Chickens

April 4, 2016

Conifer encroachment spells bad news for birds that need intact, wide open spaces–sage grouse and lesser prairie-chickens included. This new report released by our partner, the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative, explains why.

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interactive map of westBreaking News: SGI Unveils Interactive Web Application To Bolster Wildlife Conservation Work

February 23, 2016

Today, the Sage Grouse Initiative is unveiling a new tool to catalyze and improve habitat conservation efforts across the western United States. The free SGI Interactive Web Application presents cutting-edge geospatial data covering 100 million acres.

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Sage grouse depend on a delicate balance of sagebrush habitats.Grazing and Sagebrush Treatments: A 25-year Case Study in Utah

January 9, 2016

The newest Science to Solutions report is based on findings from a 25-year case study on a ranch in Utah. The study shows that sustainable grazing practices and sagebrush treatments enhanced herbaceous understory for sage grouse in years with average winters, but that bird populations declined following severe winters.

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mowing treatment in sagebrush to reduce fire fuel loadsWoody Fuels Reduction in Wyoming Big Sagebrush Communities

November 20, 2015

By Eugene W. Schupp, Chad S. Boyd, and Shane Green | This new Great Basin Fact Sheet discusses how reducing woody plant cover can increase the production of perennial grasses and forbs, improve habitat for wildlife, and reduce the intensity and severity of wildfires.

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Assessing Impacts of Fire on Runoff and Erosion

November 18, 2015

Frederick B. Pierson, C. Jason Williams and Peter R. Robichaud | This fact sheet provides an overview of the hydrologic impacts of fire, as well as the effectiveness of different types of treatments that reduce runoff and erosion post-fire.

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Seeding Big Sagebrush Successfully on Intermountain Rangelands

November 14, 2015

By Susan E. Meyer and Thomas W. Warren | This fact sheet provides land managers with state-of-the-art information on establishing big sagebrush through direct seeding, particularly in areas burned by large-scale wildfire.

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Wind Erosion Following Wildfire in Great Basin Ecosystems

October 19, 2015

By Matthew J. Germino | Wind erosion is a problem in the Great Basin, particularly following large wildfires. This factsheet helps resource managers with a “how to” for assessing the risk of erosion, and responding to it proactively.

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