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Clear Lake Conservation
Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a 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.
Learn more about sagebrush obligate species found in all the western states except Arizona and New Mexico. Breeding populations have declined by 17 – 47% throughout much of its range. Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is working together with numerous partners to re-establish viable populations both on and off the refuge lands. For more information see the CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY STRATEGY FOR SAGE-GROUSE
In addition to protection and habitat for sensitive species such as the Greater Sage Grouse, Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for wide variety of other birds, reptiles, mammals and fish. Along with providing habitat the refuge is also the primary source of water for the agricultural program of the eastern half of the Klamath Basin with water levels regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.