For the most part, the same factors that negatively affect sage-grouse also negatively affect the health, productivity, and sustainability of native grazing lands. Therefore, improvements to benefit sage-grouse also benefit grazing lands and the ranches that depend on them. Below are points of mutual interest shared by sage-grouse and livestock.
Beneficial for both
Rangeland plant diversity
A well-designed grazing plan
Healthy forb component
Perennial native grass cover
Weed and invasive species management
Removal of encroaching conifer (juniper/Ponderosa pine)
Healthy, productive springs and seeps
Healthy, productive sagebrush grassland with a healthy perennial grass understory
Negative for both
Overgrazing by livestock
Range infrastructure developments such as roads or power lines that fragment the range and spread weeds
A dominance of club moss and blue grama
Stock water tanks that drown wildlife and foul stock water
This native sagebrush/bluebunch wheatgrass range provides excellent grazing for livestock as well as high quality sage-grouse habitat.
For more information on sage-grouse contact your local NRCS office
or your local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office or visit the BLM Web site.