The Sagebrush, A Crucial and Connected Ecosystem
The sagebrush ecosystem has been reduced to half of its original size, requiring an all-hands approach to its conservation and restoration. Thankfully, it is still functioning as intact working landscapes, one of the few remaining in the world. It covers 14 states, stretching between the Great Plains and the Pacific Crest, and provides home and habitat to people and wildlife.
Small, rural communities are the heart of this incredible ecosystem in addition to growing urban centers, many of which depend on the sage and its resources for food, water, energy, and livelihood. The region is often portrayed as arid and barren, and yet sagebrush communities are teeming with life and diversity. This ecosystem is crucial to more than 350 species, including people.
By working together in this unique geography, our partnership is demonstrating how public land and other cross-boundary habitat improvements not only benefit wildlife but also maintain and benefit local and national economies for the future.
More than half of all sage grouse habitat can be found on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, making proactive conservation of public lands integral for the continued revitalization of sage grouse and other wildlife populations. These lands are vital to many people from diverse walks of life, from ranchers to hunters and energy developers to recreationalists.