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Sagebrush Conservation Strategy

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.

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 agencies and nongovernmental stakeholders across all scales are effectively working together to address these threats. We recently completed our first round of public comment and thank those who submitted comments. We will invite a second round of public comment later this spring on a draft partnership model(s). IN THE MEANTIME, if you have any partnership model concepts you’d like to suggest, especially if you are new to this conversation, please share them here.

ONLINE COMMENTS

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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NEXT STEPS

Once the proposed partnership model(s) are developed in June, WAFWA and its partners will convene a broad set of state and federal agencies, Tribes, and stakeholders to evaluate the proposal(s) and determine next steps for finalizing the partnership model and addressing the threats to the sagebrush ecosystem at the landscape scale.