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Developing a social science research agenda to guide managers in sagebrush ecosystems

Posted by WAFWA on September 1, 2019
Sagebrush dominates much of the western United States, but invasive plants, altered fire regimes, exurban development, and other disturbances threaten the health of sagebrush ecosystems and the species that depend on them. Resource managers and other stakeholders face significant challenges in balancing healthy, functioning ecosystems while supporting human uses and…
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Western Weed Action Plan

Posted by WAFWA on April 1, 2019
A Strategic Action Plan for the Sagebrush Biome This document was the vision of the participants of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), Western Invasive Weed Summit (2015 Summit), held in Boise, Idaho in the fall of 2015. Approximately 250 invasive plant species experts, private and federal…
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A Gap Report Update: Wildfire and Invasive Plant Species in the Sagebrush Biome

Posted by WAFWA on May 1, 2018
This Gap Report Update is the latest addition to the list of valuable products of the Wildfire and Invasive Species Working Group designed to help identify the challenges (gaps) and offer ideas to address those challenges. The Gap Report Update has something for every level, public and private, to consider…
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WILDFIRE AND INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES IN THE SAGEBRUSH BIOME

Posted by WAFWA on May 1, 2018
In 2013, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies was contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management to establish a multi-agency Wildfire and Invasive Species Working Group (WG) and conduct a collaborative assessment of fire and invasive plant management options for the conservation…
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White Paper: Augmenting Sage-grouse Populations Through Captive Breeding and Other Means

Posted by WAFWA on July 17, 2017
Augmentation of sage-grouse populations has been a management strategy used by state wildlife agencies in limited circumstances since the 1930s. Augmentation has been employed to bolster small and isolated populations, to re-establish populations in historic habitats, or to establish new populations. Augmentation for these purposes has been conducted through transplants…
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White Paper: PREDATOR CONTROL AS A CONSERVATION MEASURE FOR SAGE-GROUSE

Posted by WAFWA on July 1, 2017
Predator control is a technique that has been applied in research settings and on a limited basis at local scales as a tool to benefit sage-grouse populations. The cause of mortality for most sage-grouse is predation (Bergerud 1988), whether as an egg, chick, juvenile or adult. What is…
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White Paper: POPULATION AND HABITAT-BASED APPROACHES TO MANAGEMENT OF SAGE-GROUSE

Posted by WAFWA on July 1, 2017
Interest in establishment of population goals, and use of population-based approaches for management of sagegrouse is high, but raises questions about feasibility, efficacy, and authorities. Sage-grouse are uniquely adapted to, and dependent on sagebrush habitats (Strategy 2006). Management approaches must include conservation of seasonal sagebrush habitats to…
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A Collaborative Story of Greater Sage-Grouse & Sagebrush Conservation

Posted by WAFWA on July 1, 2016
Across eleven states and over 173 million acres, U.S. federal and state agencies, private landowners, and partners are coming together to protect the Greater sage-grouse with a conservation approach built on coordination and partnership. This collaboration led to the historic decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in…
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Analysis of Greater Sage-grouse Lek Data: Trends in Peak Male Counts 1965-2015

Posted by WAFWA on September 1, 2015
Trends in greater sage-grouse breeding populations are typically indexed by determining the peak number of males attending a lek in a lekking season. Numerous studies have estimated negative trends in sage-grouse breeding populations over time via data collected for the last 50 years. However, the inherent bias in data collection…
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GREATER SAGE-GROUSE POPULATION TRENDS: AN ANALYSIS OF LEK COUNT DATABASES 1965-2015

Posted by WAFWA on August 1, 2015
Counts of males attending leks in the spring have been the primary means employed by states to monitor status of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophansianus) populations for over 75 years. Despite limitations and potential biases, lek count data remain the only long-term, range-wide dataset available for evaluating trends in sage-grouse populations.
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