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We provide scientific reports, project profiles, technical tools, videos, photos, field guides, and links that tell the story of how cooperative conservation is making a difference for working lands and wildlife across the West.

NRCS and Partners Work Together to Help Families Keep Their Land Green-Side Up
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NRCS and Partners Work Together to Help Families Keep Their Land Green-Side Up

Conservation easements are one of the best tools to keep working lands in working hands. Learn about how partners, like land trusts, work with the NRCS to craft successful ...
Migratory Big Game Conservation Highlights the Best of West
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Migratory Big Game Conservation Highlights the Best of West

Learn more about the USDA's Migratory Big Game Initiative and how WLFW is helping lead this broad effort in Wyoming, Montana, and ...
New Science Backs WLFW’s Biome-Wide Conservation Approach
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New Science Backs WLFW’s Biome-Wide Conservation Approach

Research shows that WLFW's updated approach to conserving intact working landscapes produces better conservation results than focusing on a single ...
Creating Jobs Through Conservation in Southwest Montana
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Creating Jobs Through Conservation in Southwest Montana

In southwest Montana, a creative partnership is improving sagebrush habitat, providing jobs, and empowering youth, one project at a ...
The Value of Keeping it in Grass
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The Value of Keeping it in Grass

The Burke Family's long partnership with NRCS has led to better forage for livestock and wildlife and, in 2017, their ranch was protected in perpetuity through a ...
Montana Outdoors Magazine Article | The Herd and the Bird
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Montana Outdoors Magazine Article | The Herd and the Bird

Magazine Article | This article originally appeared in the March-April 2020 issue of Montana Outdoors, the magazine of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. It is reposted here with ...
Conversation with Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Rebecca Knapp
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Conversation with Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Rebecca Knapp

In February, the Society for Rangeland Management awarded Rebecca Knapp its highest honor, Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year. We sat down with Knapp to discuss her ...
Partnering To Conserve A Sagebrush Landscape
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Partnering To Conserve A Sagebrush Landscape

Innovative partnerships with private landowners and public land managers on working rangelands in Southwest Montana are conserving sagebrush ...
Running The Ranch
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Running The Ranch

By Tim Griffiths | Pickup trucks, working dogs, cowboy hats, and running shoes. These were the diverse sights this past Saturday at the Montana Ranch ...
#ConservationRoadtrip | Taking No-Till To The Next Level
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#ConservationRoadtrip | Taking No-Till To The Next Level

With help from NRCS, Montana rancher returns cropland to permanent grasses and forbs to provide forage for livestock and sage ...
High School Students Help Restore Montana Sagebrush
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High School Students Help Restore Montana Sagebrush

Partners come together -- including youth field crews -- to improve working lands for wildlife in southwest ...
Montana Ranchers Improve Sage Grouse Habitat And Reduce Fire Risk
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Montana Ranchers Improve Sage Grouse Habitat And Reduce Fire Risk

By Hayden Nelson, SGI Range Conservationist, Roundup, Montana NRCS Field Office | Landowners are partnering with the Sage Grouse Initiative to restore sagebrush habitat and ...
The Conservation Gift That Benefits Us For Countless Years to Come
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The Conservation Gift That Benefits Us For Countless Years to Come

by Brianna Randall | Conserving our natural resources is one of the ways we can give back to our children, communities, and economy for years to come. And the gift that keeps ...
Journal Of Wildlife Management Study: Grazing Shows Little Effect On Grouse Nesting
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Journal Of Wildlife Management Study: Grazing Shows Little Effect On Grouse Nesting

by David Frey, for The Wildlife Society | A study in Montana found livestock grazing management doesn’t have as strong a link with sage grouse nest success as previously ...
Ranch Conservation Partnership Thrives In Eastern Montana
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Ranch Conservation Partnership Thrives In Eastern Montana

by Leo Barthelmess | Ranchers working with the NRCS and others are helping sustain and improve habitat in a way that also improves ranch ...
New USFWS Collaboration Expands Science Tools To Sage-Steppe
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New USFWS Collaboration Expands Science Tools To Sage-Steppe

Thanks to partners like the USFWS, the outlook is brighter for maintaining intact, healthy sagebrush habitat for 350+ species and the hundreds of communities that depend on ...
Operation Sage-Grouse: NWF Connects Youth and Conservation
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Operation Sage-Grouse: NWF Connects Youth and Conservation

Check out this video from the National Wildlife Federation on win-win partnerships that are making the skies safer for sage grouse through fence ...
Guzzling Water & Planting Sagebrush | What’s Happening For Sage Grouse On Public Land In Montana
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Guzzling Water & Planting Sagebrush | What’s Happening For Sage Grouse On Public Land In Montana

Since half of all habitat for greater sage-grouse is on public land, most of it managed by BLM, restoring public rangeland is vital for the birds to thrive. Check out these ...
Tag, you’re it! How do researchers track sage grouse chicks?
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Tag, you’re it! How do researchers track sage grouse chicks?

Meet expert Mark Szczypinski with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. He tells us all about how to track sage grouse hens and their ...
“It’s About Working Lands For Agriculture And Working Lands For Wildlife”
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“It’s About Working Lands For Agriculture And Working Lands For Wildlife”

by Lori Valdez | In Lavina, Montana, the Wessel Ranch worked with the Sage Grouse Initiative to improve rangeland for their cattle and prime habitat for wildlife like sage ...
Montana Outdoors Magazine | “Ranching the Best Hope for Grassland Songbirds”
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Montana Outdoors Magazine | “Ranching the Best Hope for Grassland Songbirds”

by Catherine Wightman | Ranchers manage their land to sustain grass production, which benefits bovines and birds on Montana's agricultural ...
Landowners Create Legacy Of Open Land Across The West
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Landowners Create Legacy Of Open Land Across The West

By Steve Holmer | The American Bird Conservancy's blog features the Sage Grouse Initiative as a case study for how partnerships with private landowners are the key to ...
Saving Sage Grouse | Conserving Montana’s Largest Game Bird
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Saving Sage Grouse | Conserving Montana’s Largest Game Bird

By Brianna Randall. Stamping my feet on the frozen ground, I waited impatiently for an elusive football-sized bird to appear in the murky pre-dawn light. A spotting scope ...
Collaborative Partnerships Yield Big Gains in Montana’s Centennial Valley
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Collaborative Partnerships Yield Big Gains in Montana’s Centennial Valley

The collaborative Centennial Valley Collaborative Grazing Project in southwest Montana is a great example of how sage grouse conservation can be strategically met with ...
Conservation Easements in Montana Improve Sage-Grouse Migration
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Conservation Easements in Montana Improve Sage-Grouse Migration

Recent conservation easements in Montana help maintain the sage-grouse's longest-known migration corridor between the U.S. and ...