New resource management plans in northeastern California include a strong focus on sage-grouse, sagebrush, and sagebrush-related species.
BLM manages nearly half of the State's sage-grouse habitat, including key areas of the Gunnison sage-grouse. Efforts focus on working with multiple stakeholders on conservation actions for both species in the state.
Sage-grouse conservation efforts include collaborative restoration projects, surveys, research, and monitoring on Federal, State, private and Tribal lands.
The BLM has developed a template to analyze RMP alternatives, priority protection areas for sage-grouse, restoration priority areas, and general habitat areas.
The State Office is conducting threat assessments to sage-grouse habitat, mapping sagebrush plant communities and restoring existing sage-grouse habitat.
The Oregon-Washington State Office was a partner in the Oregon Conservation Strategy and conducts large-scale juniper treatments to reduce invasive species.
BLM-Utah has developed a sage-grouse policy working group consisting of BLM wildlife biologists, resource specialists, and managers from around the State, as well as representatives from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The State Office works closely with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and public and private partners in adaptive management approach to habitat conservation, restoration, and enhancement.
It’s not possible to eliminate all fire from sagebrush, nor is it advisable. BLM’s aim is to limit the damage from unwanted wildfires in sagebrush habitat by thorough planning before a fire, prompt action during the fire, and effective rehabilitation of a burned area after the fire.