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Landscape Treatments Improve Sage-grouse Habitat 

Sage-grouse.

Sage-grouse in grass.

The Cody Field Office implemented an integrated strategy for sage-grouse habitat landscape conservation.

Innovative vegetation treatments to improve sage-grouse habitat included 150 acres of noxious weed control, 500 acres of prescribed burning to control juniper encroachment, and 100 acres of mowing to provide early brood rearing habitat. This scale of the mosaic design treatments has been shown to improve sage-grouse habitat. Large areas of unsuitable habitat are transitioning into suitable habitat after treatment. For years BLM has used this method to improve sage-grouse habitat.

Two livestock-excluding drip systems and two windmills were installed, providing water for bird guzzlers and green strips in an area with very little sage-grouse brood rearing habitat. Fences within 0.6 miles of two sage-grouse leks were marked with reflectors and have decreased collisions and bird mortality near fences. Grazing strategies, designed to increase success of these projects, were implemented on 16 allotments. In total, the projects were implemented on more than 100,000 acres of public lands.


 
Last updated: 05-18-2011