Sagebrush country contains biological, cultural and economic resources of national significance. America’s sagebrush ecosystem is the largest contiguous ecotype in the continental United States, comprising one-third of the land mass of the continental lower 48. This landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.
What We Do
Our Projects and Initiatives
For many years, the Fish and Wildlife Service has been conducting research, collaborating with partners, and supporting a landscape-wide conservation strategy to support a healthyecosystem in the west.
Starting in FY22, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds Proven Projects for Wildlife(BIL) has committed $10 million per year ($50 million over 5 years) to the Service to expand work with partners to restore and conserve strategic areas within the sagebrush ecosystem. These funds build on existing collaborative efforts by the Service and our public and private partners to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem and the significant biological, cultural, and economic resources it supports. These projects will combat invasive grasses and wildfire, reduce encroaching conifers, safeguard precious water resources for neighboring communities and wildlife, and promote community and economic sustainability. Read more about the Director's Priorities and BIL initiative:
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The Grassland & Sagebrush Conservation Portal is an ArcGIS Online platform that provides access to maps, apps, data, documents, and other resources for practitioners working in grassland and sagebrush biomes.
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Work With Us
We work alongside other agencies, partners, non-profits, Tribes, landowners, programs, and the public to strategize, fund, and collaborate onconservation. Individual state fish and wildlife agencies have been, and continue to be, central to the implementation of work in sagebrush.
The Sagebrush Ecosystem is one of several programs that is receiving investments from thethat helps local, state, and Tribal communities tackle the climate crisis and environmental restoration needs while advancing environmental justice, creating jobs, and boosting local economies.
Projects and Research
Sagebrush ecosystem projects with funding from the
Remaining funding is allocated for capacity building efforts across country for new or existing staff positions to bolster partnerships and aid the delivery of on-the-ground conservation projects. FY24 has 1.3 million allocated for capacity building.