The BLM’s 30 years of experience in sagebrush conservation are
the foundation of the National Strategy, which in turn incorporates and
extends this broad knowledge into further action by guiding the development
of local and regional conservation plans.
The approach outlined in the Strategy uses sound science, draws on the
BLM’s decades of experience and success, and reinforces the importance
of cooperating with states to direct the Bureau’s future efforts
to maintain and improve sagebrush habitats across the West. The BLM believes
that successful sage-grouse conservation requires everyone to work together
to find not just one but many solutions.
Managing and conserving sagebrush landscapes and sage-grouse habitat
in 11 Western states is one of the BLM’s most important current
programs. The Bureau has worked with many dedicated agency partners at
the federal, state and local levels as well as private citizens to produce
documents useful for
establishing baseline data on existing Greater sage-grouse populations
explaining management intent and exploring management possibilities,
describing methods for conserving sagebrush habitat across the West,
highlighting on-the-ground projects already in place to conserve
and enhance habitat that is vital for sage-grouse and hundreds of other
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Bureau accomplishes this by conserving natural, historical, cultural,
and other resources on the public lands while managing such activities
as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, energy
production, and various other uses.