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Removing conifers improves sagebrush habitat and water availability, benefiting birds and ranchers. Photo of conifer cut in Montana by Dan Durham.Montana Ranchers Improve Sage Grouse Habitat And Reduce Fire Risk

February 8, 2018

By Hayden Nelson, SGI Range Conservationist, Roundup, Montana NRCS Field Office | Landowners are partnering with the Sage Grouse Initiative to restore sagebrush habitat and grazing lands.

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Why Is Cheatgrass Bad?

January 30, 2018

Mike Pellant with the Bureau of Land Management explains how cheatgrass and wildfire create a vicious cycle that harms wildlife and our way of life in the West … and gives solutions that are helping to reduce these threats.

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Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd

December 6, 2016

Rancher Mike Greeley uses conservation-minded management to sustain his working lands in eastern Oregon for wildlife and livestock. Check out this video of Mike on his ranch!

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Comprehensive ‘Ecosystem Resilience & Resistance’ Map Available For Entire Sage Grouse Range

November 15, 2016

Newly expanded visual tool on the SGI Web App allows managers to better predict and mitigate negative impacts of fire and cheatgrass across sagebrush range.

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Resilience workshop in Oregon sagebrushThe Science of Sagebrush: Measuring the Resilience of Rangelands

July 11, 2016

by Joshua Dillon | An Oregon field trip with SGI partners examines the ability of sagebrush landscapes to recover from a fire. Read the full story here.

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Secretary Jewell learns from Jeremy Maestas how to lop juniper to improve sage grouse habitat.Secretary Jewell Announces $10 Million for Wildfire Resilience in the West

May 24, 2016

The new funds announced today by Secretary Jewell will complement Sage Grouse Initiative’s ongoing, cooperative work to remove conifers and restore sagebrush habitat in western states.

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Flames racing across sagebrushNew NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country

March 31, 2016

A new resource released by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will help private and public land managers work collaboratively to get ahead of the curve and reduce risks from megafires using fuel breaks. Large-scale wildfires are one of the greatest threats to sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems in the West.

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seeding technique sage grouseSeeding Techniques for Sagebrush Community Restoration After Fire

March 22, 2016

By Jeff Ott, Anne Halford, and Nancy Shaw | This new Great Basin Fact Sheet outlines important considerations and options for post-fire seeding, including the selection of seed mixes and seeding equipment for restoring sagebrush communities following fire.

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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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