Greater Sage-Grouse Home Page

A story map has been created to provide highlights of some accomplishments made by federal agencies and partners in conserving the sagebrush ecosystem. Implementation Guides are available on the Washington Office Sage-Grouse web page. 

2016 Accomplishment Report-- Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation the Sagebrush Ecosystem; Collaborative Conservation at Work

What is the Forest Service doing to benefit Sage-grouse?

Close up of a Male Sage-GrouseThe Lucky Peak Nursery helps support the efforts towards conservation of the Greater sage-grouse (GRSG) habitat. The nursery, located on the Boise National Forest, propagates sagebrush seeds into seedlings which will be used in the restoration of dry, grassy plains essential to the GRSG habitat.

Photo of a burn going on through an area for sage-grouse habitat improvement.The Sawtooth National Forest has completed many projects on the Forest to benefit sage-grouse habitat.  

Photo of a DNR employee holding a radio collared sage-grouse with a volunteer standing next to him.The Manti-La Sal National Forest worked with Southern Utah Fuels Company, Utah State University Extension, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative to install guzzlers and radio collared sage-grouse in the Wildcat Knolls and South Horn Mountain Areas. They have also worked on sagebrush habitat projects in the Wildcat Knolls area and in the Joes Valley Corridor.

Photo of two people marking fences with yellow streamers.The Curlew National Grassland on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest partnered with volunteers, conservation groups, Boy Scouts of America and local high schools to accomplish a couple of projects on the grassland.  Learn more the marking fences and protecting wet meadows and riparian areas projects.

The Douglas Ranger District of the Thunder Basin National Grassland has partnered with the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association on a large-scale sagebrush mapping project to help land managers identify and prioritize greater sage-grouse habitat. The project has been underway since 2011 to produce a first-of-its-kind sagebrush canopy cover map. This project will use high-resolution aerial imagery and sage-grouse location data to identify areas for management action, such as restoration or maintenance.

Sage-GrouseThe Heber-Kamas Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has partnered with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to create openings in thick sagebrush cover to promote sage-grouse use. Read more about this effort.

Photo of four sage-grouse in a grassy meadow.  Three of them are hens.The West Desert Adaptive Resource Management Sage-Grouse Working Group has collaborated to remove encroaching conifer in the Vernon, Utah area. Read more about this effort.

Photo of two people placing a radio collar on a Sage-grouse.The Salmon-Challis National Forest began using telemetry to gain an understanding of the distribution and location of Sage-grouse seasonal habitats. Read more about this effort.

Sage-GrouseThe Washington Fire minimally impacted the Bi-State sage-grouse habitat and did not affect any nesting or lekking sites. Read more about the fire effects on the habitat.

 

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Two US Forest Service Records of Decision and associated land management plan amendments are the culmination of an unprecedented planning effort in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management to conserve greater sage-grouse and its habitat on National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.

Sage-Grouse Conservation Overview

The greater sage-grouse, an iconic species of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, currently occupies an estimated 56% of its historic range. Greater sage-grouse populations have been declining for more than 40 years. The Forest Service manages approximately 8% of the remaining greater sage-grouse habitat and is responsible for helping to ensure that greater sage- grouse populations persist. The conservation measures in five Forest Service land management plan amendments protect the greater sage-grouse by maintaining and restoring the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Read an overview of the Forest Service strategy.

Records of Decision and Plan Amendments

Great Basin Record of Decision

Rocky Mountain Record of Decision

News Release (Department of Interior)

News Release (Forest Service)

Facts & Information

GIS Data

GIS Data Contacts

 

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