Greater Sage-grouse

Sage-grouseGreater Sage-Grouse stand up to two feet tall and weigh between two and seven pounds. Females (hens) are smaller and mottled brown, black and white. Males are more colorful and have spiked tails and large white ruffs around their necks. The male’s most distinctive feature may be bright yellow air sacs on the chest, which they inflate during courtship displays. The hens’ less-showy coloring helps hide them from predators, especially when they have young to protect.

Learn more about the Greater Sage-Grouse 

Nevada Department of Wildlife Sage Grouse Conservation page



The ePlanning website is the primary source of information on the Nevada and Northeastern California Sub-Regional Greater Sage-Grouse planning effort. The site contains documents and reports, maps, meeting notifications and timelines. Comments on documents can also be submitted through ePlanning. To access the site, go to the link below.

Nevada and Northeastern California Sub-Regional Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy EIS
(ePlanning website)

The documents can also be accessed directly by going to the Documents and Reports page.

**Note- Users may experience an error when following links to the ePlanning page saying the site can't be found. Often times this is due to the browser security settings. to fix the problem, follow these directions:

In Internet Explorer go to Tools>Internet Options> Advanced and scroll to the bottom of the list to Security. Make sure all the "Use SSL" and "Use TSL" settings are checked.

Additional Information


Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Fire and Fuels Management Contributions to Sage-Grouse Conservation (January 2015)

Great Basin Region National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy 

BLM Fire and Aviation: Sage-grouse Conservation Efforts (April 2012)

Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan for Nevada 
and Eastern California
(first edition, June 2004)

Instructional Memorandum No. NV-2012-058: Revised Direction for Proposed Activities within Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat | Attachment 1: Proposed Activities in Sage-Grouse Preliminary Habitat Areas Form 


BLM-USFS Greater Sage grouse Preliminary Habitat Map  BLM Nevada and USFS Greater Sage Grouse Preliminary Habitat Map






BLM Nevada and USFS Surface Management Greater Sage-Grouse Population Management Unit MapBLM Nevada and USFS Surface Management Greater Sage-Grouse Population Management Unit Map




Thumbnail of NDOW sage grouse habitat mapNevada Department of Wildlife Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Categorization Map

GIS Data Access Information

The majority of the BLM geospatial base data for the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft EIS is available on the GIS data websites for BLM Nevada and BLM California.