DOI-BLM Draft Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy

BLM Announces National Strategy for
Conserving Sage-Grouse on Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy (PDF) establishes a comprehensive approach to the management of sage-grouse habitat on public lands.

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 and habitat,
  • explaining management intent and exploring management possibilities,
  • describing methods for conserving sagebrush habitat across the West, and
  • highlighting on-the-ground projects already in place to conserve and enhance habitat that is vital for sage-grouse and hundreds of other species.

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.

NEW! Sage-Grouse Local Working Group (LWG) Activities

NEW! BLM 2005 Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation brochure
(373KB PDF) Dial-up download time ~50 sec. on 56k modem, ~2 min. on 28.8bps modem
This document is also available in a text only format.

Bureau of Land Management National Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy
(244KB PDF) Dial-up download time ~30 sec. on 56k modem, ~1-1/4 min. on 28.8bps modem

Guidance for Addressing Sagebrush Habitat Conservation in BLM Land Use Plans
(81KB PDF) Dial-up download time ~10 sec. on 56k modem, ~25 sec. on 28.8bps modem

Guidance for the Management of Sagebrush Plant Communities for Sage-Grouse Conservation (363KB PDF) Dial-up download time ~2 min on 56k modem, ~50 sec. on 28.8bps

Sage-Grouse News Releases

Overview of the BLM's Greater sage-grouse program

BLM Sagebrush and Sage-Grouse Habitat Success Stories

Questions and Answers (Qs&As)

WAFWA Conservation Assessment of Greater Sage-grouse and Sagebrush Habitats (11.6MB PDF) Dial-up download time ~25 min. on 56k modem, ~1 hour on 28.8bps modem

Western Governors' Association, including WGA report Conserving the Greater Sage Grouse: Examples of Partnerships and Strategies at Work Across the West

NEW! Overlay Map - BLM Planning Units and Sage-Grouse Occurrence

NEW! National Resources Conservation Service (USDA) Habitat Management Leaflet (720KB PDF)

USGS SAGEMAP GIS database and portal

Funding Availability for Partners in Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts (52KB PDF)

BLM Timeline Chart (62KB PDF)

Other Sage-Grouse Links from US Fish & Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service

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