In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to "communicate the
breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support
Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350
other species need."
The Greater Sage-Grouse website highlights work
being done at the federal, state, NGO and individual level. Public
affairs specialists are available to answer questions about Greater
Conservation easements to limit development on private
Grazing systems to improve nesting, rearing and wintering
habitats for grouse;
Marking fences which can reduce bird strikes by up to 83%,
helping the grouse reach their breeding grounds safely; and
In Canada, the government is doing little, so the voluntary
Sage-Grouse Partnership is doing what it can to fill the gap and to
protect the endangered Sage-Grouse. The partnership includes both
representatives of the Alberta Wilderness Association and some
directly affected ranchers. Their work includes:
Determining appropriate voluntary activities on ranchlands
aimed at improving habitat for Sage-grouse.
Advising, on efforts to reintroduce Sage-grouse.
Sharing information and learnings relevant to Sage-grouse
(e.g., behaviour and habitat requirements of Sage-grouse; programs
being implemented elsewhere; relevant policy and legislative
Sharing information on issues and activities and developing
mutually agreeable solutions.
Preparing joint communications with stakeholder groups and
others when appropriate.
Advocating for effective tools for landowners/leaseholders for
managing public access on lands that are critical for Sage-grouse
Advocating for economic incentives that will assist landowners
who are supporting Sage-grouse recovery.
Engaging the petroleum and utility industries and government in
Partnerships between ranchers and NGOs like AWA may be the
best available path forward to protecting the
Sage-Grouse, especially if they can bring oil and gas companies
on-side as well.
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