Top posts from 2019

December 20, 2019

What a year it’s been. Here’s some of our most popular posts from the past year. If you didn’t get the chance to read these, now’s a great time to see what you missed.

Ask an Expert: Why Is Cheatgrass Bad

In this interview, Mike Pellant, a retired rangeland ecologist with the BLM, shares some basic information on cheatgrass, why it threatens sagebrush habitat and how it exacerbates the threat of wildfire. Even though this was originally published in 2018, it remained one of our most popular posts throughout 2019.


New Resource: “Low-tech, Process-based Restoration of Riverscapes Manual”

This post shares an awesome resource for stream conservation in the arid west. In partnership with Utah State University, SGI developed this soup-to-nuts manual for how to use low-tech, process-based techniques to jumpstart natural restoration processes on small streams and creeks in the West. If you didn’t download your copy yet, now’s a great time to get it.


Sage Whiz Quiz: Sagebrush

Of all the Sage Whiz Quizzes we posted this year, this one about sagebrush received the most views, beating out quizzes about elk, ranching, and pronghorn. Fun fact: sagebrush is a wind-pollinated plant. If you weren’t one of the more than 1,300 folks who checked out the quiz in January when it was published, give it a try now! And don’t forget to check out our other Sage Whiz Quizzes.


Ask an Expert: How Do Mule Deer Use Sagebrush

This Ask an Expert received lots of views, making it the second most popular Ask an Expert of 2019. Miles Moretti, President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation, shares his vast knowledge of this well-loved resident of the sagebrush sea. Fun fact: mule deer rely almost exclusively on sagebrush and bitterbrush for food during the harsh winter months.


Ask an Expert: Sage Grouse Populations Grow When Conifers Are Removed

Yet another Ask an Expert made our most popular post list, this time about a really cool study in Oregon that showed how sage grouse populations grew by 12% following sustained conifer removal. In the interview, Andrew Olsen, talks about the study, his findings, and what it all means for sage grouse restoration across the West.



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.