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2013 EQIP Sage-Grouse Initiative

 

Overview

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking steps to ensure the enhancement and preservation of sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States.

The sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird native to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem of the American West, has experience a significant decline in population and habitat over several decades.  Greater sage-grouse are found in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The birds, found at elevations ranging from 4,000 to more than 9,000 feet, are highly dependant on sagebrush for cover and food.

The Sage Grouse Initiative will help land owners respond proactively and implement specific actions to protect the species.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The 2013 funding cycle has now closed. Any applications received will be considered in 2014.

Eligible Practices

  • 472 Access Control
  • 560 Access Road
  • 314 Brush Management
  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340 Cover Crop
  • 342 Critical Area Planting
  • 382 Fence
  • 394 Fire Break
  • 511 Forage Harvest Management
  • 384 Forest Slash Treatment
  • 410 Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 548 Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment
  • 315 Herbaceous Weed Control
  • 388 Irrigation Field Ditch
  • 441 Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation
  • 442 Irrigation System, Sprinkler
  • 443 Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
  • 449 Irrigation Water Management
  • 430 Irrigation Pipeline
  • 500 Obstruction Removal
  • 512 Forage and Biomass Planting
  • 516 Pipeline
  • 378 Pond
  • 338 Prescribed Burning
  • 528 Prescribed Grazing
  • 533 Pumping Plant
  • 550 Range Planting
  • 391 Riparian Forest Buffer
  • 390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover
  • 574 Spring Development
  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • 614 Watering Facility
  • 642 Water Well
  • 380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
  • 384 Woody Residue Treatment

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Contacts

Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6849
Email: Kris.Berg

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette