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Sagebrush Conservation Strategy

Sagebrush Conservation Partnership Model – Online Comment Tool, Round 2

The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), in partnership with Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) and other conservation partners is developing a Sagebrush Conservation Strategy (Conservation Strategy) to guide our collective efforts to conserve the sagebrush biome.
The unprecedented nature of the threats and the expansive extent of the sagebrush biome requires an equally unprecedented degree of public/private cooperation and coordination.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY! As part of the Conservation Strategy, WAFWA is seeking to develop a Partnership Model for Sagebrush Conservation to ensure local, state, tribal, and federal government entities and nongovernmental stakeholders are more effectively coordinated across all scales in working together to address these threats. These partnership models are intended to better coordinate voluntary, collaborative conservation efforts and don’t substitute for agency decision-making processes or authorities related to regulatory aspects, permitting, etc.

We completed our first round of public comment in April. As promised, we are inviting a second round of public comment on Potential Partnership Model Options through June 28, 2021.


ONLINE COMMENTS

FOR ACTION: Please provide your comments in response to the prompts provided to allow for refinement of the potential partnership models before they next appear in Part II of the Conservation Strategy. Comments received by June 25 will be synthesized and provided to the Drafting Work Group for their final review at the end of June.

For more information about the initiative, please contact San Stiver, WAFWA Sage-grouse Coordinator, san.stiver@wafwa.org

BACKGROUND

The sagebrush biome faces serious threats from invasive annual grasses, fire,  conifer expansion, free-roaming equids, livestock, human development, and climate change. The Sagebrush Conservation Strategy (Conservation Strategy) is being developed to help guide our collective efforts to conserve the sagebrush biome. As part of the Conservation Strategy, WAFWA is seeking to develop a partnership model to ensure stakeholders across all scales are effectively working together to address these threats.

The development of this partnership proposal will take place between March and June of 2021. The following documents and links provide background information informing the development of the partnership model.

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