Recent BLM Idaho’s Success in Maintaining and Restoring Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat
Idaho BLM has conducted re-vegetation efforts for many years. A major objective of these treatments has been to restore structure and function to fire damaged and weed dominated ecosystems.
The Greater Sage-Grouse inhabits much of Idaho’s sagebrush-steppe communities and serves as an “umbrella species” for the many values provided by healthy sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. The 2010 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warranting the sage-grouse for listing has provided added emphasis on focusing vegetation efforts specific to this species.
The following narratives highlight some of BLM Idaho’s recent successes in restoring and maintaining sage-grouse habitats impacted by wildfire, weed invasion and conifer expansion. Many of these successes are the result of collaborative efforts with external partners, which we have listed below. We are encouraged by these successes and hope to expand them after completion of the Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy and subsequent Land Use Plan Amendments, which we plan to finish by Fall of 2014.
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A cooperative stewardship project in the Upper Castle Creek area removed encroaching Western juniper on more than 2,500 acres and built 9 livestock exclosures around sensitive riparian habitats (3½ miles of fencing).
Some 2,000 acres in the area were treated in previous years, to restore the functionality of sage-steppe habitats. Juniper will be removed on additional 33,000 acres in the area over the next 2 years.
Volunteers collected seed from native shrubs on
the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA (November 2011).
Shrublands in the Conservation Area are habitat for sage-grouse and other sagebrush-dependant species. Wyoming big sagebrush, winterfat and four-wing saltbrush are part of the NCA's native ecology.
National Landscape Conservation System | IDFG Volunteers for Habitat Restoration