Accomplishments and Actions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) entered into a formal partnership in June 2016 to improve sagebrush conservation on public and private land. The work is being accomplished by increasing voluntary collaboration and partnerships, improving technology transfer and communications, as well as attracting new sources of funding or leveraging for projects. The partnership is based on the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), which has served as a model for voluntary, incentive-based conservation on private land.

The link between voluntary private land conservation and successful resource management of sagebrush habitat on public lands is essential. The BLM-IWJV partnership’s aim is to coordinate cross-boundary management and restoration of sagebrush lands for people, wildlife and the economy. The following content highlights three accomplishments by category between IWJV and BLM. 

Earlier in 2016, BLM, NRCS and the U.S. Forest Service entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide a means for the agencies to collaborate and achieve common goals related to the conservation of sagebrush habitat. The MOU cited six areas of emphasis: (1) Controlling invading conifers; (2) Implementing practices across land ownerships to reduce the risk of fire and invasive species; (3) Restoring and enhancing wet-meadow habitat; (4) Developing science tools that refine delivery of conservation practices, track implementation, assess benefits, and quantify biological outcomes; (5) Coordinating communications; and, (6) Coordinating range structural improvements, where appropriate. The agreement signed by BLM with IWJV in June 2016 is designed to meet the objectives of this MOU.

The following are just a few of many highlights and contributions that have come from the BLM-IWJV Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands effort.