Sage-Grouse Local Working Groups

 

 

 

 

A New Dawn for Sage-Grouse Conservation

Sage-grouse habitat stretches across hundreds of miles of varied Western landscapes.  Because ownership and management responsibility for these lands may be public or private, and because local conservation issues are best resolved by the people closest to the land, community-based, cooperative planning has been the cornerstone of sage-grouse conservation for over a decade.

Since 1995, local working groups (LWGs) have been addressing the spectrum of issues historically and currently affecting sage-grouse and sagebrush habitats, and identifying opportunities for habitat protection and restoration.  The magnitude of this cooperation is unprecedented in Western wildlife conservation.

LWGs are diverse — composed of private landowners; business interests; interested citizens and organizations; and local, State, Federal and Tribal government representatives.  More than 50 of these groups are active at various stages of preparing and implementing conservation plans in the 11 States with sage-grouse populations. 

All interested citizens are invited to participate.  State wildlife management agencies have information on LWGs in their respective States.

Department of Interior agencies like the BLM are engaged in numerous initiatives in Cooperative Conservation.  Learn more from the Department of Interior website and from the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.

  

 

  

 

 

Photo credit: Mark Gocke, WY Game & Fish Dept.

 

Local conservation efforts are critical to the long-term health of sagebrush ecosystems and survival of the species that depend on them.  These efforts must be cooperative because of the array of interests and the diversity of land ownership.