Unprecedented Conservation Collaboration – The Key to the Protection of the Sagebrush Steppe Landscape and the Imperiled Sage-Grouse

Sage-Grouse | USFWS
Sage-Grouse | USFWS

Yesterday, the Secretary of the Interior announced the release of 14 final Environmental Impact Statements and proposed Resource Management Plans that address conservation objectives to protect sagebrush steppe landscapes in 11 Western states in the expansive range of the greater sage-grouse.

About 60 percent of core habitat for greater sage-grouse is found on public lands. The completion of these plans by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service, in cooperation with states and many stakeholders, is an important milestone that complements extensive sagebrush steppe conservation work undertaken by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and private landowners and land managers across the West.

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has been working in several of these states where national wildlife refuges are also part of the unprecedented collaboration to conserve and restore vibrant and healthy sagebrush steppe habitat for greater sage-grouse and hundreds of other species – including the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Nevada/Oregon), the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area (Utah, Wyoming, Idaho), Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (Wyoming) and Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (Montana).

More information about the Refuge Association’s work to promote sagebrush strongholds.

Read the Department of the Interior Press Release.

View BLM documents.

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