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Sagebrush Conservation Strategy

Considered one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the world

Slide The sagebrush biome once spanned several hundred million acres but now occupies less than 161 million acres in the western U.S. Slide Home to mule deer, pronghorn, sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits and more than 350 other species of conservation concern. Slide The sagebrush ecosystem continues to shrink rapidly due to a host of growing threats. Slide To help address the myriad of challenges confronting the sagebrush ecosystem, a Strategy was developed to guide future conservation efforts.

The most significant effort bringing together the science guiding the conservation of the sagebrush biome undertaken.

Sagebrush Conservation Strategy

This Sagebrush Conservation Strategy is intended to provide guidance so that the unparalleled collaborative efforts to conserve the iconic greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) by State and Federal agencies, academia, Tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and stakeholders can be expanded to the entire sagebrush biome to benefit the people and wildlife that depend on this ecosystem.

This Strategy provides the latest science pertaining to the myriad challenges confronting managers of the sagebrush ecosystem that covers portions of 14 Western states and two Canadian provinces. It was produced by a team of 94 scientists and specialists from 34 federal and state agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations.

Western U.S. Sagebrush Biome Extent
U.S. Sagebrush Biome Extent

Part I, Challenges to Sagebrush Conservation

An overview and assessment of the challenges facing land managers and landowners in conserving sagebrush ecosystems, including change agents such as invasive plants, altered fire regimes, climate, land use and development, and other challenges associated with conservation, including restoration, communication, adaptive management, and monitoring.

Part I - Importance of the Sagebrush Biome to People and Wildlife Part II - Change Agents in the Sagebrush Biome - Extent, Impacts, and Efforts Part III - Current Conservation Paradigm and Other Conservation Needs for Sagebrush
Sagebrush Conservation Strategy—Challenges to Sagebrush Conservation
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    March 11, 2021
Publication Details
“This report sets the stage for policymakers, managers and scientists
as they refine and develop conservation strategies.”

Report editor and USGS Fort Collins Science Center Deputy Director Steve Hanser

Part II, Conservation

Coming Soon. A report led by this same multi-agency team and to be published by the USGS later this year will outline options to help coordinate, prioritize and improve effectiveness of the actions taken by the hundreds of stakeholders engaged in sagebrush conservation as well as increase capacity for conservation in the sagebrush biome. Learn about the development of the strategy.

In the News

Date published: APRIL 15, 2021 by Wildlife Management Institute

Opportunities and Challenges in Sagebrush Conservation Documented in Series of Reports
Over the past month, a series of reports have documented challenges in the efforts to conserve sagebrush and sage grouse, as well as offered specific recommendations to address these challenges. 

Date published: MARCH 30, 2021 by GBFireScience

Join Webinar: Breaking Down the Sagebrush Conservation Strategy, Part 1
WAFWA, in coordination with BLM, USFWS, USGS and the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange hosted a webinar on March 30th to introduce the content of Part I of the Strategy and answer questions.

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San Stiver

Sage-Grouse Coordinator
Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Phone: 928-899-3732

Tom Remington

WAFWA Project Coordinator
Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies