|Partners work on sage-grouse conservation. Photo credit: NRCS|
We check in this week with some of the folks working to conserve the greater sage-grouse, its habitat and an American landscape. Bob is the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) biologist for the NW Colorado Focus Area. As such he works with private landowners and other partners to directly improve wildlife habitats. Much of his work is with the greater sage-grouse. Bob has also served as a wildland firefighter, wrangler, and as a search and rescue team member
5 Questions for Bob
1. In the conservation world, we hear a lot about the need to do “landscape conservation.” What does that mean to you?
Living and working in a very rural part of Colorado makes it easy for me to embrace landscape conservation. With habitat fragmentation being a threat to many species, conservation of the intact landscape is paramount to furthering wildlife goals for the long term. Habitat restorations, proper land protections, combined with effective management and education, remain some of the keys for long term landscape conservation.
Landscape conservation begins for me with considering its entirety, then beginning work in core habitat areas for a particular wildlife species, or a host of species. The best initiatives have interconnected properties with one, or several specific conservation objectives, and established collaboration with many key individuals to ensure success.