Capacity for Partnerships in the Sagebrush Ecosystem

Funding YearBIL Funds

Capacity Description

New or existing staff positions will receive funding to target sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush 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.

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-focused partnership work. Several positions are matched or supported by State or partner funding as well. These positions increase critical capacity to build partnerships and deliver on-the-ground conservation projects. These positions support the full range of sagebrush country, with position locations indicated below. Capacity positions support partnerships for on the ground project implementation.


LocationPosition(s)Partner(s)Year(s) Funded
IDPartnerships Coordinators (2)BLM, Idaho Fish and Wildlife OfficePositions were funded or newly added in FY22, FY23, and FY24.
ORPartnerships Coordinators (2)Soil & Water Conservation Districts, BLM, landownersPositions were funded or newly added in FY22, FY23, and FY24.
WAPartnerships Coordinators (2)TBDPositions were funded or newly added in FY23 and FY24.
MTProject Implementation Support (1)TBDFY23.
NVSagebrush Coordinator (1), Partnerships Coordinator (1)Nevada Department of Wildlife, public & private landowners, Tribes

Sagebrush Coordinator: FY22, FY23, FY24.

Partnerships Coordinator: FY24


Project Implementation Support (1)

Tribal Engagement positions with Wind River (1)

NRCS, Pheasants Forever, Wyoming Fish and Game Department. 

Wind River Reservation.



RangewideRangewide Communications Support (1)Intermountain West Joint VentureFY22, FY23, and FY24.
RangewideConservation Efforts Database (CED) upgradesU.S. Geological SurveyFY22, FY23, FY24.
RangewideSpatial Landscape EcologistTBDFY23, FY24.

Contact Information

Grayscale U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service logo
Conservation Coordinator
Science Applications
Additional Role(s)
WAFWA Western Monarch and Native Insect Pollinator Working Group,
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign,
Sagebrush BIL Executive Team,
Wildlife Conservation Initiative,
Cascades to Coast Landscape Collaborative,
Regional Representative on Service's History Committee
Environmental Policy
Photo of Matt Kales
Coordinator, Sagebrush Ecosystem Team
Science Applications,
Migratory Birds,
Office of Conservation Investment
Sagebrush ecosystem conservation; Large landscape conservation; Partnership development; Project management & conservation operations; Policy analysis and communications; Incident management
Samantha Brooke photo
Assistant Regional Director for Migratory Birds & Science Applications, Mountain-Prairie Region
Migratory Birds,
Science Applications
Additional Role(s)
Midwest Landscape Initiative, Steering Committee; Service Representative to the Colorado Cooperative


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The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. Sagebrush country contains biological, cultural and economic resources of national significance. America’s sagebrush ecosystem is the largest contiguous ecotype in the continental...


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The Mountain-Prairie Region consists of 8 states in the heart of the American west including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The region is defined by three distinct landscapes. In the east lie the central and northern Great Plains, primarily the...