Proactive, Voluntary Sagebrush Habitat Conservation
The purpose of our Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangeland effort is to catalyze proactive, voluntary, and community-led sagebrush rangeland conservation – expanding success across private and public lands. We accomplish this by promoting healthy working lands in the American West for people and wildlife. By bringing a diversity of perspectives, values, and resources together for a common purpose, partners achieve durable conservation.
In September 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that, based in part on unprecedented collaboration between state, private, and federal stakeholders, listing the Greater Sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act was not warranted. Continued success for sage grouse, other sagebrush dependent species, and the people that live in sagebrush communities is predicated on reducing threats by implementing and maintaining conservation actions.
We have expanded upon these efforts on public lands with a collaboration between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV). In June 2016, these entities signed a five-year intra-agency agreement to help implement a sagebrush memorandum of understanding and scale up successful conservation practices on public lands.
This new partnership is modeled after the Natural Resources Conservation Service-led Sage Grouse Initiative (NRCS SGI), a nationally renowned effort to proactively conserve at-risk wildlife on private lands through cooperation, incentives, and community support. The BLM wanted to build on the NRCS SGI model with the IWJV because of the IWJV’s demonstrated success in expanding NRCS’ capacity with boots-on-the-ground, science and communications. These dynamic public-private partnerships grow every day. To get a feel for the people teaming together for sagebrush conservation through this partnership, click here.