Brochure. What’s good for rangelands is good for grouse. That’s
the Sage Grouse Initiative brand and why hundreds
of partners are teaming up to achieve world-class
wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching.
The greater sage-grouse, an iconic ground-dwelling bird of the West, has experienced significant population declines during the past 50 years from habitat loss. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated sage grouse in 2010 as a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In September 2015, the...
In recent years the Sage Grouse Initiative, led by the USDA’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service, has worked with many partners to accelerate the mechanical removal
of invading conifer trees, primarily junipers, to restore sagebrush habitats in and around
sage grouse strongholds across the West. Replicated studies from public and private...
Two new studies revealed unknown long-distance dispersal and migration movements
in sage grouse that offer fresh insights for conservation. Using DNA from feathers dropped at
leks, scientists discovered that some grouse (about 1% of populations) travel long distances to
explore breeding areas up to 120 miles away—movements that can potentially...
Research evaluating effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse nest survival
suggests that a variety of locally-appropriate range management strategies support grouse
populations. A new Montana study comparing effects of specialized grazing systems on
ranches enrolled in the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) to ranches not enrolled in SGI
In the arid West, life follows water. Habitats near water – streamsides, wet meadows
and wetlands — support the greatest variety of animal and plant life, and attract wildlife during
their daily and seasonal movements. In a water-scarce landscape, these lush habitats are
also where people have naturally settled. A...
In the northeast part of sage grouse range, 70% of the best habitat is privately owned
– and the single greatest threat in this region is cultivation of native sagebrush grazing lands.
Scientists assessed lands in eastern Montana, the western Dakotas, and northeast Wyoming
to evaluate potential impacts to sage...