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It took an unprecedented effort by numerous partners to implement conservation efforts for the greater sage-grouse and ultimately preclude the Service’s need to list this species under the Endangered Species Act. That effort continues as the Service and our partners continue our work to conserve the larger sagebrush landscape, and with it, a uniquely American way of life.

Building upon our 2015 not warranted finding for greater sage-grouse, we’re working with landowners, state, federal and Tribal governments, industry and a host of other partners  to conserve a healthy sagebrush landscape working for people and for wildlife.

A thriving sagebrush community provides clean water, food and fiber for people and animals across America. The sagebrush also generates energy to power our homes and cars. Strategic, balanced use of the natural resources found here can help us maintain healthy wildlife populations and a strong American economy.

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Projects and Plans

The sagebrush ecosystem unites three administrative regions of the Service (1, 6 and 8) and spans all Service programs. The breadth of this work requires both  short- and long-term organizational tools for the Service and to help our external partners better understand and coordinate with our organization and operation.

Integrated Operations Plan for the Conservation of the Sagebrush Ecosystem and the Greater Sage-Grouse

This plan summarizes our existing field and regional staffing and resources, identifies the most important actions for Service staff to undertake while also noting key vacancies, and creates “Resource Teams” with specific duties, membership, and leadership identified to ensure efficiency, accountability, and success. Download the Executive Summary (PDF)

Cross-Regional Memorandum of Understanding

Achieving our conservation vision will require close coordination among and between the Mountain-Prairie, Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regional Directors and their respective offices, the Sagebrush Leadership Team and their respective field resources. This memo outlines those agreements.

Sagebrush Communications Team

Successful communication about the sagebrush ecosystem will require an unprecedented level of active participation from a diverse set of public and private partners. This team will share information among partners and collaborators, drawing in and engaging new partners, and informing key stakeholders and decision makers about progress and future needs. Download the draft team charter.

 

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We are working closely with partners to build on recent success and achieve landscape-level sustainability, ideally by non-regulatory means.

Let’s Work Together

We can be successful in conserving the sagebrush west if we work together, pursuing proactive, voluntary conservation actions across the landscape.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a variety of tools that give landowners working in sagebrush regulatory certainty, as well as funding opportunities to support management actions. We also facilitate forums for information sharing among scientists and managers on the landscape.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Strickland.


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A Spooky #SagebrushSaturday: A World Without Collaboration Would Be Scary

Fire is a natural element of functioning sagebrush systems, but severe fires can lead to significant habitat loss, especially when linked to the impact of exotic invasive annual grasses like cheatgrass. Read More

#SagebrushSaturday: How Do You Manage Public Lands for Multiple Use?

Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) make up more than half of all sage-grouse habitat, and many of the subsurface resources such as oil, gas and other minerals. Read More

“Grousekeeters”, Partners Commemorate 1-Year Anniversary of Sage-Grouse Plans

The sun shone brightly as partners reflected on the last year of their sagebrush efforts. After offering her his cowboy hat so that she wouldn’t have to squint, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper expressed gratitude for the Secretary’s support and offered Colorado as a model for the “All hands, All lands” approach to conservation. Read More

Do you have a grouse conservation success story to share?

The 11 states in the greater sage-grouse’s range are working hard to get as much conservation on the ground and as many protections in place as possible before the September 2015 ESA listing deadline. If you are interested in sharing information about sage-grouse conservation efforts in your state, please ccontact Jennifer Strickland.

Greater Sage-Grouse.  Credit: USFWS.

Why care about sagebrush?


Sagebrush country may look empty, but it's home to important wildlife and other natural resources. Learn more.

Greater Sage-Grouse distribution map. Credit: USFWS.

Education


Learn more about the new Sagebrush Ecosystem Curriculum project.

Greater Sage-Grouse in field. Credit: USFWS.

Conservation Partners


Sage-grouse conservation happens on the ground. Learn more about what our partners are doing here.