Nevada wildlife corridors

Five projects stretching across 1,500 acres of sagebrush ecosystem in Nevada received $235,000 under a wildlife grant program. Service biologists from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program will work with private landowners and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to enhance habitat for big-game species such as mule deer and pronghorn.  Credit: Bob Wick/BLM

Five projects stretching across 1,500 acres of sagebrush ecosystem in Nevada received $235,000 under a wildlife grant program. Service biologists from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program will work with private landowners and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to enhance habitat for big-game species such as mule deer and pronghorn. Credit: Bob Wick/BLM

Nevada receives $235,000 grant for wildlife corridor improvement

By Meghan Snow
March 18, 2019

Wildlife needs room to roam. In Nevada, animals including mule deer and pronghorn use open range areas called corridors for their annual migrations and day-to-day movement.

cWhen sagebrush ecosystems burn, it takes years to recover. The hill in the background burned, while the portion in the foreground did not. Planting sagebrush seedlings in landscapes that experienced fire will accelerate recovery of winter range for big game. Credit: Susan Abele/USFWS

When sagebrush ecosystems burn, it takes years to recover. The hill in the background burned, while the portion in the foreground did not. Planting sagebrush seedlings in landscapes that experienced fire will accelerate recovery of winter range for big game. Credit: Susan Abele/USFWS

On March 1, 2019, the Department of the Interior announced $1.5 million in funding for private land habitat projects across eight western states.

These projects support objectives outlined in Secretarial Order 3362, which aims to enhance and improve the quality of big-game winter range and migration corridor habitat on federal lands under the Department’s jurisdiction.

In Nevada, five projects stretching across 1,500 acres of sagebrush ecosystem received $235,000 under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Wildlife biologists from the Partners Program will work in collaboration with private landowners and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to enhance habitat for big-game species such as mule deer and pronghorn.

The funded projects include controlling invasive annual grasses, planting sagebrush seedlings, seeding native vegetation, and improving or removing fences to reduce risk to migrating animals.

These improvements are also good for Greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species that depend on the sagebrush ecosystem for survival.

Fence improvements in northern Washoe County, Nevada, will reduce risk to migrating animals, including pronghorn and mule deer. Credit: Susan Abele/USFWS

Fence improvements in northern Washoe County, Nevada, will reduce risk to migrating animals, including pronghorn and mule deer. Credit: Susan Abele/USFWS

“Improving big-game winter range and migration corridors in Nevada helps to bring balance back to the sagebrush ecosystem, enhances the quality of habitat for other non-migrating species and is good for livestock that graze on this land,” said Susan Abele, Nevada State Coordinator for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife. “We’re looking forward to starting these important projects.”

The projects are expected to begin as soon as this spring.

In addition to the funding for these projects provided by the Service’s Partners Program, some projects will receive matching grants delivered through a $2.65M National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant program.