Greater Sage-Grouse Baseline Report (BER)

The Baseline Environmental Report (BER) consolidates range-wide information useful for placing threats and planning units into context.  The data for this report were gathered from both internal (BLM and U.S. Forest Service) and external sources beginning in August, 2011. All data, both internal and external, were the "best available" at the range-wide scale at the time collected.  However, after the conclusion of the 2012 Fire Season the wildland fire statistics were updated. The BER looks at each of the threats to Greater Sage-Grouse identified in the FWS’s “warranted but precluded” listing finding for the species.  For these threats, the report summarizes the current scientific understanding of various impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse populations and habitats.  The report also covers the location, magnitude, and extent of each threat at the WAFWA Management Zone scale. This site makes available the internally collected input data as well as provides links to external data sources.

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