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NRCS is offering the Sage Grouse Initiative to help private landowners improve and enhance sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States. NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are helping ranchers improve habitat for the sage-grouse.

Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) Web site

Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy - Includes Greater Sage-Grouse Core Areas Map
Montana has developed a long-term sage-grouse habitat protection strategy that identifies “core” areas for sage-grouse populations in Montana. Sage-grouse are found in parts of 38 Montana counties but their populations tend to clump into smaller core areas which contain a majority of the birds. Higher priority will be given to Sage-Grouse Initiative applicants who have an NRCS approved grazing plan that addresses all threats to sage grouse and whose property is located in a core area.

Montana's SGI strategy addresses concerns/requirements in the following three documents. These documents require Adobe Reader. If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Technical Resources at 406-587-6822.

Greater Sage Grouse Field Indicator Guide

Greater Sage Grouse and Good Grazing Management
The Greater Sage-Grouse and Grazing Management Web page offers additional information including the following:

  • Common Questions About Sage-Grouse
  • Sage-Grouse Publications, Guides, and Articles
  • Sage-Grouse Web Sites
  • Technical and Financial Assistance for Responsible Rangeland Management in Sage-Grouse Range

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Kyle Tackett
Acting Sage Grouse Coordinator
Phone: 406-683-3803
Email: Kyle Tackett