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Colorado Sage Grouse Initiative

NRCS Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program logo - abstract drawing of a farm with lush green fieldsColorado landowners within several western slope counties are encouraged to visit with their local NRCS field office and inquire about developing a conservation plan that when implemented will help reduce the threats to the Sage Grouse.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications on an ongoing basis. NRCS will utilize its Environmental Quality Incentive’s Program (EQIP) to implement the initiative and although a conservation plan isn’t required for enrollment, all applications that include an NRCS approved conservation plan, will receive priority status for enrollment consideration.

The Sage Grouse are ground-dwelling birds, native to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem of the American West. They are found at elevations ranging from 4,000 to over 9,000 feet and are highly dependent on sagebrush for cover and food. Over the decades they have experienced a significant decline in population and habitat.

Colorado landowners within Moffat, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Gunnison, Grand, Summit, Rio Blanco, Montrose, Routt, Jackson, Saguache, San Miguel, and Dolores counties are encouraged to visit their local NRCS field office. Staff can develop a conservation plan that will help improve Sage Grouse habitat.

Colorado Sage Grouse Initiative Information

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Complete the application using forms NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application and NRCS-CPA-1202, Conservation Program AppendixEn Español. You may complete and print the form online.

Additional information about program can be found at NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.