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How can we balance sage grouse and pinyon jay conservation in sagebrush country?
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How can we balance sage grouse and pinyon jay conservation in sagebrush country?

Two recent papers highlight that the majority of conifer removal in sagebrush country has avoided key pinyon jay habitat and further detail how we can balance managing pinyon ...
Where trees meet sage: Striking a balance between sage grouse and pinyon jay needs
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Where trees meet sage: Striking a balance between sage grouse and pinyon jay needs

Research from two papers helps managers balance conservation to benefit imperiled sagebrush and woodland birds ...
New science incorporates genetics and connectivity into sage grouse conservation
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New science incorporates genetics and connectivity into sage grouse conservation

New research adds connectivity to sage grouse conservation strategies, opening new opportunities for conserving travel pathways that facilitate gene flow among sage grouse ...
How To Watch The Best Mating Dance In The West
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How To Watch The Best Mating Dance In The West

Check out the 'sage grouse strut' this spring on a live-streaming Lek Cam, and read helpful tips for responsible wildlife viewing in the ...
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For eight years, SGI and partners have conducted a long-term conifer removal project in the Warner Mountains in SE Oregon. In addition to removing encroaching trees, ...
Publication: Habitat Preferred by Sage Grouse Increases Six-Fold Following Tree Removal
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Publication: Habitat Preferred by Sage Grouse Increases Six-Fold Following Tree Removal

A long-term study from Oregon shows strategic tree removal boots sage grouse use of habitat as compared to areas where no trees were ...
The Science Behind WLFW’s Riparian and Wet Meadow Restoration
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The Science Behind WLFW’s Riparian and Wet Meadow Restoration

Working Lands for Wildlife researchers and scientists have spent years researching how sage grouse use the West's mesic habitats, how best to restore those habitats, and ...
Conserving Prime Hay Ground As Well As Colorado’s Famous Elk and Deer
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Conserving Prime Hay Ground As Well As Colorado’s Famous Elk and Deer

The Etchart Family worked with the NRCS, TNC, and the CO Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust to place much of the ranch in a conservation easement protecting this prime ...
Sage Grouse Populations Grow Faster After Tree Removal
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Sage Grouse Populations Grow Faster After Tree Removal

New study shows that sage grouse population growth rates are 12% higher following long-term conifer ...
Washington Ranch Preserves Sagebrush Rangeland in Perpetuity
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Washington Ranch Preserves Sagebrush Rangeland in Perpetuity

New conservation easement in Washington state preserves more than 2,000 acres of native sagebrush range in critical sage grouse habitat, adding to a 6,800-acre easement the ...
Sagebrush Framework in Focus: Wildlife Conservation Through Sustainable Ranching
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Sagebrush Framework in Focus: Wildlife Conservation Through Sustainable Ranching

Dig into the Framework for Conservation Action in the Sagebrush ...
E&E News: USDA plans aim to bolster rangeland wildlife conservation
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E&E News: USDA plans aim to bolster rangeland wildlife conservation

E&E News reports on the Framework for Conservation Action in the Sagebrush Biome. Reprinted with ...
Working Lands Snapshot | WILDFLOWERS
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Working Lands Snapshot | WILDFLOWERS

Learn all about wildflowers, also called forbs, in this Western Working Lands ...
Sage Whiz Quiz | Life Cycle of Sage Grouse
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Sage Whiz Quiz | Life Cycle of Sage Grouse

Test your knowledge of the life cycle of sage grouse in this Sage Whiz ...
Idaho Launches the Cheatgrass Challenge
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Idaho Launches the Cheatgrass Challenge

Read all about Idaho's new effort to tackle cheatgrass, an invasive annual grass that is causing serious issues across western ...
Bugle Magazine | Thinking Like a Beaver
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Bugle Magazine | Thinking Like a Beaver

Read about how volunteer-led, low-tech, process-based restoration of streams and meadows in the west is helping restore critical habitat for elk and other wildlife in this ...
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 ...
SGI’s “Ranching First” Approach Proves Key to Protecting Ranch in Washington
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SGI’s “Ranching First” Approach Proves Key to Protecting Ranch in Washington

The Keane Ranch is now protected from development in perpetuity thanks to a conservation easement supported, in part, by the ...
Ask an Expert | When it comes to sage grouse habitat: Don’t sweat the small stuff
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Ask an Expert | When it comes to sage grouse habitat: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Ask a Expert | When it Comes to Sage Grouse Habitat, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: A Conversation with Joe Smith, Working Lands for Wildlife ...
Ask an Expert | How Does Grazing Affect Native Pollinators
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Ask an Expert | How Does Grazing Affect Native Pollinators

Join Gabrielle Blanchette for a deep dive into the role native pollinators play in rangelands and how grazing can impact these critical components of a healthy ...
How do lesser prairie-chickens like mesquite removal? Ask an Expert with Dr. Christian Hagen
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How do lesser prairie-chickens like mesquite removal? Ask an Expert with Dr. Christian Hagen

Dr. Christian Hagen discusses his new research on mesquite trees, lesser prairie-chickens and how science can help inform the most effective places to invest restoration ...
Western Working Lands for Wildlife 2019 Workshop – Rangeland Resiliency
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Western Working Lands for Wildlife 2019 Workshop – Rangeland Resiliency

Read about the workshop and conference in Twin Falls, Idaho and follow along with the second-day field tour across Idaho and ...
Podcast: Sage Grouse Biology, Habitat, and How to Hunt Them
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Podcast: Sage Grouse Biology, Habitat, and How to Hunt Them

The On the Wing podcast talks with WLFW's Tim Griffiths and Pheasant Forever's Ron Leathers and Michael Brown about Working Lands for Wildlife's conservation efforts that ...
Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon For Wildlife And Livestock
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Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon For Wildlife And Livestock

Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon for Wildlife and Livestock | Read how Stephen and Kris Ellis keep their family tradition alive and strong on the Circle Bar ...
Conservation Easements Continue to Protect Idaho’s Pioneers-To-Craters Landscape
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Conservation Easements Continue to Protect Idaho’s Pioneers-To-Craters Landscape

Two new easements protect an additional 2,500 acres of prime sagebrush habitat, adding to area's conservation ...
Sage Grouse Populations Grow When Conifers are Removed
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Sage Grouse Populations Grow When Conifers are Removed

Ask an Expert - Andrew Olsen explains his research that shows sage grouse populations rise 12% following sustained and targeted conifer ...
Big Picture of Woodland Management in Sagebrush Country
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Big Picture of Woodland Management in Sagebrush Country

Science to Solutions - New research highlights reduction and expansion of conifer encroachment in sagebrush ...
Conservation Insight Report Confirms Benefits of Conifer Removal
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Conservation Insight Report Confirms Benefits of Conifer Removal

New report from the Conservation Effects Assessment Project confirms multiple benefits of removing encroaching ...
Our Amazing Grasslands Video – The Conner Ranch
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Our Amazing Grasslands Video – The Conner Ranch

New video highlights the Conner Ranch in Belle Fourche, South Dakota where Dan and Cindi Conner have worked with SGI and other partners to improve their ranch for sage grouse ...
Conserving Diverse Wet Habitats Keeps Western Rangelands Resilient
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Conserving Diverse Wet Habitats Keeps Western Rangelands Resilient

New research highlights the importance of mesic resources for sage grouse and other wildlife ...
Grazed Rangelands Produce Sage Grouse Chicks’ Preferred Food
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Grazed Rangelands Produce Sage Grouse Chicks’ Preferred Food

New research shows that grazing lands grow more bugs for birds to ...
#FridaysOnTheFarm | For Future Generations of Ranchers and Sage Grouse
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#FridaysOnTheFarm | For Future Generations of Ranchers and Sage Grouse

Meet David Sceirine, a rancher protecting key wildlife habitat on his family’s ranch near Bridgeport Valley, ...
NEW SCIENCE | Middle Ground Found On The Range
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NEW SCIENCE | Middle Ground Found On The Range

New research shows grazing access to public lands in the western U.S. can be good for ranching and ...
Meet Leah Mori: Helping Ranchers Weather Wildfire Storms in Nevada’s Sagebrush Sea
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Meet Leah Mori: Helping Ranchers Weather Wildfire Storms in Nevada’s Sagebrush Sea

This story features Leah Mori, a soil conservation technician in Winnemucca, Nevada, who is combating the twin threats of wildfire and ...
Range Conservation Across Continents: What Australia and America Have In Common
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Range Conservation Across Continents: What Australia and America Have In Common

Field tour in Wyoming illustrates how voluntary conservation strategies working on behalf of America's sage grouse can also help Australia's ...
#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 ...
Combatting Cheatgrass On Private Ranch Lands In Wyoming Benefits Sage Grouse
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Combatting Cheatgrass On Private Ranch Lands In Wyoming Benefits Sage Grouse

Learn how Wyoming landowner DeWitt Morris is working with the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative to create a model for other ranchers on how to thwart invasive cheatgrass on ...
NEW SCIENCE: Visualizing Sage Grouse Habitat As “Hubs & Spokes”
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NEW SCIENCE: Visualizing Sage Grouse Habitat As “Hubs & Spokes”

New research helps prioritize sage grouse conservation by ranking the importance of leks to the species' overall genetic connectivity across the range, likening certain areas ...
California Ranchers Safeguard Agriculture and Sage Grouse Habitat
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California Ranchers Safeguard Agriculture and Sage Grouse Habitat

A conservation easement funded in part by the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative will protect some of the best habitat in California for mule deer, waterfowl, migratory ...
Sage Whiz Quiz | What The Heck Is A Lek?
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Sage Whiz Quiz | What The Heck Is A Lek?

How much do you know about the best mating dance in the West? Test your knowledge about sage grouse lekking season ...
BEEF Magazine | Thomas Brothers Make The Ground Better In Idaho
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BEEF Magazine | Thomas Brothers Make The Ground Better In Idaho

By Brianna Randall | Partnering with the USDA-led Sage Grouse Initiative helps young ranchers improve the land for both sage grouse and ...
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 ...
Webinar: Effects Of Livestock Grazing On Sage Grouse Nesting Ecology
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Webinar: Effects Of Livestock Grazing On Sage Grouse Nesting Ecology

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018  |  10:00 – 11:00 am PST Host: NRCS West National Technology Support Center Click here to view the On-Demand ...
FAIR CHASE Magazine | The Value of Sagebrush Country
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FAIR CHASE Magazine | The Value of Sagebrush Country

by Josh Millspaugh | This feature in the December 2017 issue of Fair Chase Magazine highlights how sage grouse conservation benefits hunters and a host of wildlife ...
Taking the Bias Out of Sage Grouse Nesting Studies
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Taking the Bias Out of Sage Grouse Nesting Studies

This new Science to Solutions shows that grass height may not be as crucial to nesting success as previously thought, since hatched nests are measured later than failed ...
VIDEOS | Meet The Thomas Family, Sustainable Ranchers in Idaho
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VIDEOS | Meet The Thomas Family, Sustainable Ranchers in Idaho

Watch short videos to hear how and why two young ranchers have put in place conservation practices that benefit the bird and their ...
Working With Water: Restoring Wet Meadows in the Sage
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Working With Water: Restoring Wet Meadows in the Sage

By Sarah Keller for IWJV | In Montana, land managers and conservationists learned how to restore wet meadows for people and ...
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 ...
What’s It Like To Photograph Sage Grouse?
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What’s It Like To Photograph Sage Grouse?

Wildlife photographer, Noppadol Paothong, spent 5 years on his newly released book, Sage Grouse: Icon of the West. Learn how and why he created this beautiful book featuring ...
BUGLE Magazine | Sage Grouse + Elk = Peanut Butter & Jelly
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BUGLE Magazine | Sage Grouse + Elk = Peanut Butter & Jelly

Bugle Magazine, a publication of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, published this feature story on the value of conserving sagebrush country in its Nov/Dec 2017 ...
BEEF Magazine | Rest-Rotation Grazing Helps Sage Grouse Survival
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BEEF Magazine | Rest-Rotation Grazing Helps Sage Grouse Survival

Pastures that use Sage Grouse Initiative rest-rotation grazing programs produce plentiful bugs, which is a good deal for cattle and sage grouse ...
Sage Whiz Quiz  |  What Do You Know About Sage Grouse Chicks?
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Sage Whiz Quiz | What Do You Know About Sage Grouse Chicks?

Find out fun facts about our favorite baby birds, and test your natural history ...
Webinar: Estimating The Economic Impact Of Sage Grouse Conservation On Ranches
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Webinar: Estimating The Economic Impact Of Sage Grouse Conservation On Ranches

When: Friday, September 29, 2017  |  10:00 AM MST Host: University of Wyoming Watch the On-Demand Replay ...
Digital Storefront Tells Stories of Public Land Sagebrush Partnerships
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Digital Storefront Tells Stories of Public Land Sagebrush Partnerships

A new website, PartnersInTheSage.com, tells stories of how collaborative public-private sagebrush conservation benefits people, wildlife, and communities in the ...
Do Elk Need Sagebrush?
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Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

Historically, elk were found in all but five states in the U.S. However, due to over-hunting, elk populations declined from more than 10 million to less than 100,000 by the ...
Grazing Management In Perspective: A Compatible Tool For Sage Grouse Conservation
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Grazing Management In Perspective: A Compatible Tool For Sage Grouse Conservation

New research shows that — done right — livestock grazing may help conserve sage grouse habitat by keeping working ranches profitable and ...
COOL GREEN SCIENCE | The Stream Whisperer Restores Sage Grouse Habitat
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COOL GREEN SCIENCE | The Stream Whisperer Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

by Brianna Randall | Bill Zeedyk teaches Westerners how to “think like water” to restore precious wet habitat in the sagebrush ...
New Framework Helps Plan Next Generation Of Sagebrush Restoration
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New Framework Helps Plan Next Generation Of Sagebrush Restoration

Innovative new research on conifer removal spans the life cycle of sage grouse, helping managers increase the efficiency of future work to restore sagebrush ...
Animal Tales: A Great White Sage Grouse
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Animal Tales: A Great White Sage Grouse

by Tracie Fernandez | Learn how this puffed-up male sage grouse achieved its rare (lack of) color ... and whether it might work to attract females, ...
New Science: Sage Grouse Population Increases When Western Juniper Pushed Back
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New Science: Sage Grouse Population Increases When Western Juniper Pushed Back

A new study funded in part by the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative found that survival rates of both female sage grouse and their nests increased where encroaching juniper ...
Wildhorse Ranch Project: A Win-Win Partnership To Protect Sagebrush Range
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Wildhorse Ranch Project: A Win-Win Partnership To Protect Sagebrush Range

Innovative conservation easement with ranchers, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, and NRCS preserves agricultural working lands, wildlife habitat, and ...
How Do Conservation Easements Work?
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How Do Conservation Easements Work?

In Montana, landowners have partnered with local land trusts to conserve 2 million acres. Expert Lisa McCauley from NRCS explains why easements work for ranchers and ...
Water Is Life: Introducing SGI’s Mesic Habitat Conservation Strategy
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Water Is Life: Introducing SGI’s Mesic Habitat Conservation Strategy

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative is proud to announce a new conservation strategy that empowers private ranchers and partners to protect and enhance the wet green places ...
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 ...
Chords For Conservation: Music Inspired By The Sagebrush Sea
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Chords For Conservation: Music Inspired By The Sagebrush Sea

Listen to this just-released song by the River Whyless -- featuring a new instrument created in honor of the sage grouse -- which was inspired by the band's experiences in the ...
Now Available! Online Replay Of Scientific Presentations On Woodland Expansion
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Now Available! Online Replay Of Scientific Presentations On Woodland Expansion

Watch free 20-minute presentations featuring the latest science on how removing invading conifers boosts water availability, forage production, and grouse ...
Rancher K.D. Leander Leaves A Conservation Legacy in Eastern Washington
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Rancher K.D. Leander Leaves A Conservation Legacy in Eastern Washington

This late rancher's early adoption of range conservation practices encouraged his neighbors to also enroll in Sage Grouse Initiative programs. Learn ...
Brave Sage Grouse Strike Out Solo Over Long Distances
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Brave Sage Grouse Strike Out Solo Over Long Distances

New research shows that a few individual greater sage-grouse travel more widely travel than anyone suspected, which makes the overall population ...
What Do Sage Grouse Do All Winter?
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What Do Sage Grouse Do All Winter?

Sage grouse are tough birds, surviving through cold winters in western North America. Learn how they thrive, even during the harshest ...
Conifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success
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Conifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success

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 ...
Rangeland Science Journal Publishes Special Issue On Reducing Woodland Expansion
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Rangeland Science Journal Publishes Special Issue On Reducing Woodland Expansion

The latest research -- published in this month's special issue of SRM's Rangeland Ecology & Management science journal -- shows the benefits of removing conifers for grouse, ...
Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd
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Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd

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 ...
New Research Finds That Sage Grouse Prefer Nesting In Conifer-Free Landscapes
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New Research Finds That Sage Grouse Prefer Nesting In Conifer-Free Landscapes

Scientists tracked sage grouse nest success in southern Oregon, and found that hens avoided sites where conifer cover exceeded 3% within 800m of their ...
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 ...
Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella
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Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella

New songbird maps provide tools to help expand the benefits of sage grouse conservation to more wildlife species in the sagebrush community. Learn more from our latest Science ...
New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA
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New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA

by Jennifer Hayes and Brianna Randall | New SGI research finds five genetic subpopulations of sage grouse in Montana and the Dakotas, which are synonymous with the existing ...
Tracking Success – 2016 Report | Maintaining Momentum To Conserve Sagebrush Country
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Tracking Success – 2016 Report | Maintaining Momentum To Conserve Sagebrush Country

As the Sage Grouse Initiative finishes our 6th year, we are proud to be a model for how to enhance working lands and wildlife. Check out our "Tracking Success - 2016 Report" ...
Report: Fence Markers Work To Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions
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Report: Fence Markers Work To Prevent Sage Grouse Collisions

A new report released by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies -- and funded by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant -- is the first study aimed at evaluating the efficacy of ...
“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 ...
Helmick Family Conserves Vital Habitat For Sage Grouse In Idaho
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Helmick Family Conserves Vital Habitat For Sage Grouse In Idaho

To this multi-generational family, conservation and ranching are one and the same. Learn how they've worked with SGI to increase carrying capacity and grass production for the ...
New Web-Based Tool Helps Save Sage Grouse From Fence Collisions
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New Web-Based Tool Helps Save Sage Grouse From Fence Collisions

SGI's interactive web app now features a map layer that helps land managers prioritize where to mark high-risk fences to protect birds. This user-friendly tool allows ranchers ...
Scientific Research Shows How To Reduce The Risk Of Crop Cultivation To Protect Sage Grouse
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Scientific Research Shows How To Reduce The Risk Of Crop Cultivation To Protect Sage Grouse

A new scientific study published in Biological Conservation explains how to reduce the threat of converting native sagebrush habitat into crops. Read how the research can be ...
Getting Our Hands Dirty at the 6th Annual Sage Grouse Initiative Workshop Tour
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Getting Our Hands Dirty at the 6th Annual Sage Grouse Initiative Workshop Tour

Last week, range managers, ecologists, and wildlife biologists gathered in Montana to learn from landowners what works for the bird and the herd. Check out the photo story ...
Partnership Positions Allow NRCS To Double The Amount of Conservation In The West
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Partnership Positions Allow NRCS To Double The Amount of Conservation In The West

Thanks to hundreds of partners who help us achieve wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching, the Sage Grouse Initiative, has proven to be a model for cooperative, ...
Map Layer Identifies Risk of Converting Sagebrush to Cropland
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Map Layer Identifies Risk of Converting Sagebrush to Cropland

Today, the Sage Grouse Initiative is unveiling a new layer on our interactive web application that shows where the risk of cropland conversion is highest. The new "cultivation ...
Plans To Save Bi-State Sage Grouse in Nevada Gain Momentum
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Plans To Save Bi-State Sage Grouse in Nevada Gain Momentum

By Sean Whaley | “We’re ‘all in’ to make a difference for this bird over the long term,” said Thad Heater, Sage Grouse Initiative's national coordinator, in this ...
Growing Spirit of Collaboration, Partnership & Innovation is “The West at its Best”
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Growing Spirit of Collaboration, Partnership & Innovation is “The West at its Best”

By Jason Weller and Larry Selzer | This opinion article by USDA-NRCS Chief Weller and The Conservation Fund President and CEO, Larry Selzer describes how the Sage Grouse ...
How Do Sage Grouse Mate?
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How Do Sage Grouse Mate?

Learn for sagebrush expert Trisha Cracroft, NRCS Idaho State Biologist, about when sage grouse congregate to strut their stuff, and why healthy sagebrush is important for hens ...
CSU Researcher’s Work Boosts Sage Grouse Conservation Project
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CSU Researcher’s Work Boosts Sage Grouse Conservation Project

by Mary Guiden | “The new web app and map make sure people on the ground have the best science," says Dave Naugle, SGI Science ...
New Research + Movie: Wet Habitats On Private Lands Critical For Sage Grouse
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New Research + Movie: Wet Habitats On Private Lands Critical For Sage Grouse

A new study and a complementary video of two hens' summer movements show that wet islands of green in the sagebrush sea provide vital foraging habitat for growing sage grouse ...
The Progressive Rancher | Science and Tech Bolster USDA, Partners’ Conservation Work in Western States
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The Progressive Rancher | Science and Tech Bolster USDA, Partners’ Conservation Work in Western States

by Heather Emmons | The Progressive Rancher published the following story about the Sage Grouse Initiative's new interactive web application in its March 2016 issue. Read on ...
SGI Unveils Interactive Web Application To Bolster Wildlife Conservation Work
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SGI Unveils Interactive Web Application To Bolster Wildlife Conservation Work

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 ...
Partnerships on the Range Continue to Accelerate Conservation
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Partnerships on the Range Continue to Accelerate Conservation

Our team of dedicated and enthusiastic range conservationists, wildlife biologists, and natural resource specialists make a difference for landowners and for wildlife across ...
The Future For Sage Grouse, Elk, & the 40 Million Acres of Sagebrush They Share | Bugle Magazine
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The Future For Sage Grouse, Elk, & the 40 Million Acres of Sagebrush They Share | Bugle Magazine

By Nicky Ouellet | This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's "Bugle" magazine, and explores how conservation efforts can benefit ...
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 ...
Safer Flights for Sage Grouse Over Washington State, Thanks To Dedicated Field Staff
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Safer Flights for Sage Grouse Over Washington State, Thanks To Dedicated Field Staff

Michael Brown, a Sage Grouse Initiative range and wildlife conservationist in Washington, forged a new connection with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program to ...
Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse | ESA Listing Averted
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Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse | ESA Listing Averted

An historic conservation partnership helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determine that the species did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now in ...
Sagebrush Songbirds Benefit from Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration
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Sagebrush Songbirds Benefit from Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration

New research released as part of the Sage Grouse Initiative's Science to Solutions series shows that restoring sagebrush ecosystems not only benefits ranching and sage grouse ...
Bi-Partisan Commentary | Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines
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Bi-Partisan Commentary | Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines

A new bi-partisan commentary came out yesterday in Roll Call by Bruce Knight and Dave White, both former chiefs for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These two ...
Sage Grouse Conservation Leaders Recognized in California & Nevada
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Sage Grouse Conservation Leaders Recognized in California & Nevada

This month, SGI and SWAT staff gathered together on the California-Nevada border to share notes, and learn from the unprecedented conservation efforts centered around the ...
High Country News Sage Grouse Story | The Endangered Species Act’s Biggest Experiment
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High Country News Sage Grouse Story | The Endangered Species Act’s Biggest Experiment

High Country News senior editor Jodi Peterson does an excellent job of introducing readers to the conservation history of sage grouse, and the landscape-scale collaborative ...
Department of Defense Dedicates $2 Million to Protect Sage Grouse in Nevada
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Department of Defense Dedicates $2 Million to Protect Sage Grouse in Nevada

The Department of Defense announced more than $2 million in funding from the Military Services’ Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program to protect ...
New Report | Sage Grouse Populations On the Rise
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New Report | Sage Grouse Populations On the Rise

According to a new report by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the population of the greater sage-grouse has grown by nearly two-thirds since 2013 across ...
Stories From the Range: New Report Highlights Ranchers Restoring Habitat for Sage Grouse
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Stories From the Range: New Report Highlights Ranchers Restoring Habitat for Sage Grouse

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the Sand County Foundation's publication "Stories From The Range," which features six different ranchers' sage grouse conservation ...
National Geographic Story: Can Sage-Grouse Be Saved Without Shutting Down the West?
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National Geographic Story: Can Sage-Grouse Be Saved Without Shutting Down the West?

Last week, National Geographic Magazine featured an in-depth story on sage grouse, including SGI's conservation efforts centered around these dwindling upland ...
Sage Grouse Video on ‘Oregon Field Guide’ Nominated for Emmy Award
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Sage Grouse Video on ‘Oregon Field Guide’ Nominated for Emmy Award

Oregon Public Broadcasting ran an excellent video story about sage grouse on Oregon Field Guide, which is nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy Award. The video, produced by ...
Livestock Producers Step Up For Sage Grouse
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Livestock Producers Step Up For Sage Grouse

California rancher Mike Byrne shares why sage grouse conservation is working in his community in a new Western Livestock Journal that features the latest Sage Grouse ...
Study Shows That Fence Markers Reduce Sage Grouse Mortality in Wyoming
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Study Shows That Fence Markers Reduce Sage Grouse Mortality in Wyoming

SGI and our partners have marked or moved 590 miles of high-risk fence to reduce bird collisions so that sage grouse can thrive in the sagebrush sea. Read on to see results of ...
SGI Webinar: Intro to Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation in the U.S.
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SGI Webinar: Intro to Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation in the U.S.

Listen as Sage Grouse Initiative range conservationist Kelsey Molloy explains how partners work to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse in the Western ...
Conservation Easements Protect a Special Place in Idaho
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Conservation Easements Protect a Special Place in Idaho

The area between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is vitally important to sage-grouse and other wildlife. SGI has worked with 26 ...
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 ...
Webinar on Sage Grouse Conservation from 2010-2015
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Webinar on Sage Grouse Conservation from 2010-2015

This webinar from NRCS Chief Jason Weller shows maps and metrics detailing the remarkable conservation success story of the Sage Grouse Initiative to ...
USDA Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts to Continue and Grow
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USDA Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts to Continue and Grow

The NRCS Chief explains how the Sage Grouse Initiative has become a model for voluntary, incentive-based conservation at its best over the past 5 ...
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 ...
Colorado partnership a win-win for livestock and sage grouse
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Colorado partnership a win-win for livestock and sage grouse

Cooperative projects like this water delivery design with Jay Yust help both ranchers and wildlife thrive on the Colorado ...
Keeping It Together: Large Landscape Conservation in the Upper Green River, Wyoming
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Keeping It Together: Large Landscape Conservation in the Upper Green River, Wyoming

A colossal voluntary effort is keeping the Intermountain West's sagebrush steppe intact, which protects one of the highest density populations of greater sage grouse ...
South Dakota rancher adds value to his operation and improves wildlife habitat
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South Dakota rancher adds value to his operation and improves wildlife habitat

South Dakota Rancher Ron Steineke makes water delivery and grazing improvements that benefit his cattle along with sage grouse and other ...
Wildfire and Cheatgrass: New Science Helps Reduce Threats to Sage Grouse
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Wildfire and Cheatgrass: New Science Helps Reduce Threats to Sage Grouse

Wildfires and the invasion of exotic annual grasses like cheatgrass can transform large expanses of sagebrush habitat, which is bad for sage grouse. This new strategy serves ...
Oregon Rancher Gary Bedortha Removes Juniper Trees to Create a Safe Haven for Sage Grouse
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Oregon Rancher Gary Bedortha Removes Juniper Trees to Create a Safe Haven for Sage Grouse

Rancher Gary Bedortha shares his story of juniper removal on 12,000 acres of his private ranchland near Paulina to benefit sage grouse and the sagebrush-steppe ...
Conifer Removal Restores Sage Grouse Habitat
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Conifer Removal Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

Hundreds of thousands of acres of intact sagebrush lands--and the grouse that depend upon them--are threatened by invading conifers. SGI helps remove the threat to prevent ...
Targeting Early Phase Conifer Removal is Key to Restoring Sage Grouse Habitat
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Targeting Early Phase Conifer Removal is Key to Restoring Sage Grouse Habitat

Removing junipers and other conifers that are early invaders of sagebrush-steppe is less costly, and much more likely to be effective, than a delay-and-repair approach that ...
Eastern Sierra Land Trust Works to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat and Rural Heritage
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Eastern Sierra Land Trust Works to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat and Rural Heritage

"It is important to preserve and maintain the history of the area and the legacy of the cattle. The only way to protect the land is to not put houses on it." - Mark Lacey, ...
Montana Outdoors: Last Stand of the Sage-Grouse
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Montana Outdoors: Last Stand of the Sage-Grouse

Where Can Sage-Grouse Live? Why good grazing practices and more state and federal land-use regulations are essential for keeping these beleaguered birds off the endangered ...