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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
NEVADA FWO: Working With Private Landowners to Conserve Greater Sage-Grouse
Region 8, July 28, 2010
A Nevada meadow before restoration. (photo: USFWS) 
A Nevada meadow before restoration. (photo: USFWS)  - Photo Credit: n/a
The same Nevada meadow following restoration. (photo: USFWS)
The same Nevada meadow following restoration. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Jeannie Stafford, Nevada FWO
The Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Nevada is increasing efforts across the state and on the eastern slope of California to implement projects with private land owners that will help conserve habitat for greater sage-grouse. 

With additional funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has implemented four greater sage-grouse habitat improvement projects. "The projects focus on improving habitat to benefit sage grouse and other wildlife," said Amy Salveter, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator in Nevada.  Project include removal of pinyon pine and juniper where these tree species have invaded sagebrush communities, protection of spring and riparian areas from damage by livestock and wild horses; providing off-site watering systems for livestock, mowing brush to invigorate plants and increase their diversity; sagebrush seeding and restoring springs and stream channels. 

Some of the projects occur where there are islands of remaining intact sagebrush habitat surrounded by habitat that has burned multiple times and are now invaded by non-native cheatgrass.  Not only will the projects help protect remaining unburned sage-grouse habitat, they will also benefit the private landowners by reestablishing these areas with native sagebrush plant communities that are more resistant to invasive weeds and resilient to wildfires.

“We are working with other private landowners to restore wet meadows and improve greater sage-grouse brood-rearing forage and cover," Salveter said. "Working with private land owners on projects such as these are essential to our conservation efforts for the greater sage-grouse.”

 

Contact Info: Jeannie Stafford, 775-861-6300, jeannie_stafford@fws.gov